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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 to Slum Community: Bread is necessary, but don't ignore your spiritual hunger

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The Popes visit to  aBrazilian slum was one of the stops he explicitly, added to  the trips schedule. He was given a warm welcome as he walked into the slums of  the Manguinhos Complex. He blessed a parish  altar, and he made his way through the slum, greeting and blessing  children along the way. He then met with a local family, in private, visiting  their humble home. 

A group of kids, even gave him a banner of his favorite Argentinian soccer team, 'San Lorenzo.' 
The Pope addressed the slum's community thanking it for its hospitality, with a bit of humor.


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"I would have liked to knock on every door, to say 'good morning', to ask for a glass of cold water, to take a cafezinho, to speak as one would to family friends, to listen to each person pouring out his or her heart,  parents, children, grandparents.”

That slum is known for a history of drug violence and for its extreme poverty. But referencing the multiplication of bread, he reminded them that when one gives, one also receives.

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"When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them – some food, a place in our homes, our time – not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched. I am well aware that when someone needing food knocks at your door, you always find a way of sharing food; as the proverb says, one can always "add more water to the beans!'”

In an open air field, the Pope said that giving bread to the hungry is an act of justice, but he also added they should not ignore their spiritual hunger for God.

When disillusioned with corruption, crime or indifference, the Pope called on the youth, to not be discouraged. The Church, he said, is at their side.

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"To you and to all, I repeat: never yield to discouragement, do not lose trust, do not allow your hope to be extinguished. Situations can change, people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good, do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it."


In his speech, the Pope called for the protection of life, the family, education, and health.


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