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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 celebrates 'Installation Mass' as Rome's new Bishop

2013-04-08

At the entrance, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, who serves as the Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, welcomed the Pope. He kissed the crucifix and blessed the Basilica with Holy Water. As he made his way to the altar, he stopped along the way to bless and greet the sick


Since the day marked the second Sunday of Easter, during his homily, the Pope spoke about God's patience. 

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"This is God's way: He's not impatient like us, who often want things immediately, and from people too. God is patient with us because He loves us. The person who loves, understands, waits, inspires confidence. That person doesn't abandon or burn bridges. That person forgives.” 

Given that it was the Feast Day of Divine Mercy, the Pope talked about personally witnessing mercy in his life and that of others. 

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"In my personal life, I've seen the merciful face of God and His patience so many times. I've also seen many people who couragelously go to Jesus' wounds and say: 'Lord, here I am. Accept my poverty. Cover my sins with your wounds, clean them with your blood.' I'e seen how God welcome them, consoles them, cleans them and loves them.” 

After his installation Mass, the Pope opened the Basilica's Papal apartment, which had been closed off since February 28th, when Benedict XVI resigned. So with this ceremony, Pope Francis officially takes on his title as the Bishop of Rome. 


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