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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.

The most common names chosen by Popes

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The most common names used by Popes are: John (23), Gregory (16), Benedict (16), Clement (14), Leo (13), Innocent (12), Pius (12), Stephen (9), Urban (8), Alexander (7), Adrian (6), Paul (6), Sixtus (5), Martin (5), Nicholas (5), Celestine (5), Anastasius (4), and Honorius (4).

During his first general audience, which took place at St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI explained why he chose the name Benedict.

BENEDICT XVI
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"I chose the name Benedict XVI because of the legacy of Pope Benedict XV. He was a courageous and authentic prophet of peace, during the chaos of the First World War.”

John Paul I was the first Pope to choose a combined name. He wanted to pay tribute to his two predecessors John XXIII and Paul VI. Up until today, no one has ever chosen the name of the apostle and first Pope, Peter. Not even John XIV or Sergius IV, who shared that baptismal name.


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