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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

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Pilgrim prophesied Pope's choice pick Francis as name

2013-03-21

"I have this wish that the new Pope calls himself Francis. Francis I, since no other Pope has chosen that name. And especially that he models himself in the life of St. Francis.”

His name is Saverio, or Xavier in English, but he was not talking about St. Francis Xavier, but of St. Francis of Assisi, his role model. The name stands out not only because it's never been used before, but because of the meaning behind it.

"They can choose their own name, and there are many Pius, Benedicts and Leos, but there is no Francis. Since there's a focus on change, it would be a good change if someone would choose Francis, Francis I, that's my wish.”

His wish came true when Protodeacon Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran announced who the new Pope was and his name.

Perhaps it was a premonition, a strong desire, or intuition which inspired Saverio to lead his campaign in favor of the name Francis. But, as it has become clear in the past few weeks, all pre established notions are being broken inside the Vatican. There's a first Latin American and Jesuit Pope, who choose an innovative name. The new Pope himself has also broken barriers and protocol since his election.


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