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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.

Rio's WYD in Numbers

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After a highly successful  event, organizers for World Youth Day in Brazil released final attendance  tallies, with two of the days surpassing the 3 million  mark.In all over 3.5 million pilgrims took part in the  events for WYD, even though only 427,000 pilgrims registered.  Attendance increased as the week went on. On Tuesday, July 23,600,000 people participated. However, by that Friday, the number of  pilgrims swelled to 2 million.

Saturday's events, including the prayer vigil at the Copacabana Beach, drew a staggering 3.5 million people. But Sunday's closing Mass was by far the largest event, with 3.7 million participants.

The nearly half a million registered pilgrims came from 175 countries, and 60 percent of them were between the ages of 19 and 35. The countries with the largest number of registered participants were Brazil, Argentina, USA, Chile and Italy.

Participants also included over 7800 priests. The faithful received the Eucharist over 4 million times, during the various Masses for WYD:In all, visitors spent an estimated 1.8 billion Reais, or 784 million dollars, during the week long event in Rio.



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