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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 Francis coat of arms as cardinal rooted in humility

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It features three symbols in a triangle shape, over a blue background. The most prominent feature, at the top of the triangle, is the sun with the letters IHS in the middle. The symbol represents the Jesuit order, of which he is a part of.

On the lower left hand side is a five-point star, which along with the blue background, symbolizes the Virgin Mary. On the right hand side, is a grape vine symbolizing Jesus as the grower of the Faith.

Beneath the crest is his motto in Latin which means “Lowly and yet chosen,” referring to a passage from the bible of when Jesus chose Mathew as a disciple. Matthew was a tax collector who left behind earthly riches to preach the Gospel.


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