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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 Francis welcomes Coptic pope to mark an important anniversary

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Together, they prayed at the Congregation's Byzantine style chapel. They also sung the Regina Coeli to honor Our Lady.

The Coptic pope reflected on this historical visit. Especially since a visit of this kind, had not taken place in 40 years.

TAWADROS II
Coptic Pope

"I am very happy to visit the Holy Father, Pope Francis. It's very important and it's considered a historical meeting between the two big Churches: The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church and the one, the Roman Catholic Church.”

This marks his first visit to the Vatican and also his first official trip outside of Egypt, since he was elected last November.

In fact, the last time a Coptic pope visited the Vatican was back on May 10th 1973, when Pope Paul VI, met with his counterpart, Coptic Patriarch Shenouda III. Now, 40 years later, it's Pope Francis who welcomed Tawadros II.

TAWADROS II
Coptic Pope

"I found the Holy Father a very decent man full of grace, full of the Holy Spirit and full of joy and happiness. And this touched my heart.”

To mark the visit, they all agreed that May 10th be recognized as a day of fraternity between Copts and Catholics. For now though, the date is unofficial.

It's a type of symbol to show that the meeting between Pope Francis and Tawadros II ended on a good note.

TAWADROS II
Coptic Pope

"We each decided to pray for one another everyday in our personal prayer.”

So the meeting was described as much more than just a visit between both Church leaders. Rather it was described as a new chapter to strengthen the bonds of reconciliation and unity.


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