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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.

Logo, website launched for Vatican's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia


The logo is composed of a multicolored bell. It is symbolic of the Liberty Bell that resides in Philadelphia, proclaiming the independence of the United States. Organizers say they also chose it to represent civil rights and freedom of religion.

The design of the bell also features a cross on the top part, to signify Christ as the center of the family. And within the Bell, in different color shades, are five family figures; the mother, father and children.

For now, the website mainly features a welcome in four languages, and links to the organizing institutions, like the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Other information will be displayed on the site as it is made available.

The meetings are held every three years since John Paul II inaugurated them in 1994. Previous host cities include Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Manila, Valencia, Mexico City and Milan.