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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.

Coliseum celebrates the Edict of Milan with an exhibit on Emperor Constantine

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MARIAROSARIA BARBERA
Director, Archeological Heritage (Rome)
"This exhibit focuses on Constantine, Helena and the imperial court. It describes the progress Chrstianity made thanks to the emperor and how this religion evolved during the following centuries.”

Among the various artifacts are coins, mosaics and jewelery, and one of the most interesting sections focuses on Constantine's mother, Saint Helena.
But the most outstanding part of the exhibit is the one devoted to the 'Chrismon', the monogram combining the initials of the word Christ in Greek.  

MARIAROSARIA BARBERA
Director, Archeological Heritage (Rome)
"It explains how the symbol of Christianity was born. For us, it is the Cross, but it wasn't always like that. The Cross was a symbol of infamy, it was the scaffold were prisoners were executed. The symbol itself evolved. It is interesting to see how it slowly changed into a sign for victory. A victory by someone who had been crucified; that was a completely revolutionary concept back then.”

The exhibited artworks come from various museums and institutions, such as Rome's Capitoline Museums, the British Museum, the French National Library or the National Gallery in Washington. Visitors to the Coliseum will be able to see "Costantino 313 AD” until September 15th.  


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