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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 prays for victims of Spain's deadly train crash


After hearing about Spains deadly train accident, Pope Francis said he was deeply moved and was praying for all the victims and their relatives. More than 70 people lost their lives, near the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Its estimated that at least 140 passengers were injured. 

The Feast Day of St. James,  is celebrated on July 25 and the area is a popular pilgrimage site.  In light of the tragedy, all the city's public festivities have been canceled.

To lend support, a Twitter hashtag named, PrayforSantiago was launched to show solidarity and to pray for the victims.

Preliminary reports state, that speeding may have caused the accident. The driver who was slightly injured, was said to be traveling double the speed limit.

During a World Youth Day press conference in Brazil, the Vatican's spokesperson, Father Lombardi called for a moment of silence to pray for the victims. The Archbishop of the Spanish city, Julian Barrio also offered his condolences and support.

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