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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.

Pope's attire robed in history and tradition


Completing his everyday look are customized red leather shoes, symbolizing the blood of Church's martyrs. Paul VI did away with a gold cross on them, as well as the tradition of having people kiss it when addressing him.

During major services like Christmas or Easter Mass, the Pope dresses in his Sunday best. His long cape, called a chausable, features ornate designs worn for hundreds of years by other Popes.

His mitre, the crown-like hat bishops wear, are also tailor made and symbolizes his authority to teach. John Paul II would often wear simple designs. But in the past few years, Benedict XVI brought back the use more intricate patterns.

The pastoral staff is a symbol of authority for Popes. It signifies his standing as the shepherd of the Church The one Benedict XVI used featured a gold, Greek cross, used by Pius IX in the 1800's.

During his meetings with other heads of state, modern day Popes use red, shoulder length cape known as a mozzetta, which represents his political authority as the leader of the Vatican City State.

Each item, worn for centuries before him, has a story and purpose. But over the years, each Pope has added their own personal touch.