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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.

Heads of States from all around the world, greet Pope Francis

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Ten Heads of States from Latin America attended. Among them was Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, who along with his wife asked the Pope to bless a few religious items. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa brought his mother to the Mass.

Brazilian President Vilma Roussef was also there, as well as Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose wife gave the Pope a Papal hat.

Vice- President Joseph Biden led the delegation of the United States. The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel was also in attendance, as well as Spain's prince and princess, headed by the government's president, Mariano Rajoy.

Countries where Christians are a minority, were also represented, like Bahrain, Morocco, Israel and Turkey.

The Pope greeted each of the delegations and payed special attention to countries where wars or violent conflicts are an every day reality.

Before leaving the Basilica, he took the time to greet and thank the personnel team who made sure everything was ready for him and his guests, inside the Basilica.


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