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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Benedict XVI thanks everyone during his last Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

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Conscious of the historic, yet difficult moment, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was unable to hold back tears as he thanked the Pope. The emotion was common among his closest collaborators as they openly wept, including his personal secretary, Georg Gaewnswein


CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE 
Vatican Secretary of State 
"Thank you for having given us a bright example of a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord, a worker, however, that has known at each moment to do what was most important: bring God to man and man to God.” 

The ceremony kicked off the Lenten Season, the 40 days of preparation for the Holy Week and Easter. This year the dates will coincide with the last days of Benedict XVI as Pope, as well as the Sede Vacante period, the conclave, and perhaps the fumata bianca signaling the election of a new Pope. 

BENEDICT XVI 
"For me it is a proper moment to thank everyone, especially the faithful from the Diocese of Rome, while I prepare to conclude the Petrine ministry, and to ask to remember me in prayer.” 

Worshipers and clergy responded to his request with thunderous applause. 

"Let us return to prayer.” 

On Thursday, Benedict XVI, as the Bishop of Rome, will meet with the priests from his diocese, as had been previously planned. The event will likely become emotional as well since the Pope is expected to offer his personal memories of the Second Vatican Council. 


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