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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.

Vatican on Global Day of Parents: “They are modern day heroes”


Msgr. Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, thinks this could be a powerful initiative.

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family

"This initiative is interesting, since it gives a chance to reflect upon a specific aspect: how can we view the relationship between parents and children? How can we view the duty we have towards younger generations? The answer lies in regaining what lies at the basis of parenthood: love between a man and a woman.”

The 'Global Day of Parents' is a type of homage to the many challenges mothers and fathers face while educating their children on a daily basis.

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family

"The first challenge is that of preparing children in a natural way, without hurrying their growth and education. This means to convey certain values, so that the children are filled with hope. Hope and belief that one day they will find their one true love. The second challenge is that a certain number of virtues must be transmitted, as well: mostly rigor and respect for themselves and others.”

Msgr. Laffitte also took the time to give his own piece of advice to parents around the world.

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family

"You are modern day heroes: be brave and remember you are fortunate. You have a treasure in your hands: something that the Lord has given you. Be brave! And best wishes to you and your children.”

The UN hopes that the first Global Day of Parents will be a success. It also recognizes all the hard work that goes into raising children. Because of that, the UN says it vows to support parents for the general well being of families.