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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 will celebrate public Mass nearly every Sunday in April and May

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On April 21, he returns to St. Peter's Basilica for a 9:30AM service, where he will ordain several priests. The following Sunday at St. Peter's Square, during a 10AM Mass he will confirm a group of young Catholics. 


For the month of May, the major liturgical celebrations will all take place at St. Peter's Square. 

His only planned event outside the Vatican is a rosary service at 6PM on Saturday, May 4 at the Basilica of St. Mary Major. The next day, on May 5, he will officiate a Mass at 10AM for confraternities, organizations of Catholic lay people. 

Sunday, May 12 will be one of the biggest events in his first months of his pontificate. Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass at 9:30AM, where he will canonize over 800 saints, including the first Colombian saint, Mother Laura, and Mexican nun Mother Lupita. 

His liturgical schedule will close off with the Pentecost celebrations. On Saturday, May 18, Pope Francis will lead the Pentecost Vigil with ecclesiastical movements at 6PM at the Square. The next day, on Sunday, the Pentecost Mass will take place at 10AM, also at St. Peter's Square. 


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