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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 welcomes Mexico's new ambassador. Offers condolences on tragic death of brother

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It was a bitter sweet moment for the new ambassador, who on Friday, lost his brother in a crash in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. In fact at one point, it was unknown if the ambassador would attend the meeting.

"He died in a helicopter accident.”

The new ambassador attended the meeting with his family, including his grandchildren, who also got to greet the Pope.

-What's your name?

-Sebastian

-And you, what's your name?

-Fatima

-Fatima? So Our Lady of Guadalupe didn't get mad?

-We were in Portugal at the time.


The Pope also blessed the ambassador's daughter in law and his grandson, who is still in the womb. As a gift, the ambassador gave the Pope a book of historic churches in the state of Queretaro, where he once served as governor.  His granddaughter  gave the Pope an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas.


After the meeting, the ambassador met with the press at his local residence. He said the Pope was very sympathetic to the tragedy his family is dealing with.

MARIANO PALACIOS ALCOCER
Mexico's Ambassador the Holy See

"In his first words, he expressed his personal solidarity with me and my family.”


Even though the Pope's only scheduled trip is to Brazil, the ambassador said the Pope has an open
invitation to visit Mexico.

 
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