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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 his first canonization ceremony: Those who help the needy, touch the flesh of Christ

2013-05-12

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"St. Laura Montoya was an instrument of evangelization. First as teacher and then as the spiritual mother of the indigenous community. She brought them hope, by showing them the love she learned from God. She led them to God with an effective pedagogy that was not contrary to their own culture.”

The new Mexican saint dedicated her life to helping the poor. Speaking in Spanish, the Pope said her example should encourage others to help the needy.

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"St. Guadalupe García Zavala understood this quite well. She left behind a comfortable life. Really, a comfortable life can cause damage, because being too comfortable paralyzes our hearts. So she, staying true to Jesus' calling, showed others to love poverty, so they could in turn love the poor and the needy even more. Mother Lupita would knell in a hospital before the sick and the abandoned, helping them with kindness and compassion. This means being connected with Christ, with the poor, the abandoned, the sick.  This is what it means to touch the flesh of Christ.”

The Pope also highlighted the faith and fidelity of the roughly 800 Italian martyrs who were canonized during that same Mass. They opted for death, instead of renouncing their faith.

At the end of the Mass, the Pope greeted all the delegations, including Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos, and a dignitary representing the President of Mexico. Roughly 80,000 people attended the Mass and the Pope made it a point to go beyond the Vatican border to greet the thousands of people who lined the streets.


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