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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.

Rose Petals shower Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major

2013-08-05

The dedication of the  Basilica ofSt. Mary Major is celebrated each year on August 5.  During a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Santos Abril, the roof of the church opens,  showering the altar with rose petals to mark the miraculous snowfall that took  place over the Esquiline Hill, back  in the 4th Century. 

"We were hoping to see Pope Francis because he's from our country and we came to celebrate. We didn't know it was such an important feast for Rome and for the Church, and well, the rose petals exceeded all our expectations. We've truly had a beautiful, beautiful day.”


Despite the fiery August heat, many tourists and families went out to celebrate the feast day, which commemorates, the very first Western Basilica to be dedicated to the Mother of God.


"Back home, it's winter, so we're trying to adapt to the weather on our  first day. By eight in the morning, when we came to the church, we already felt the heat, so by midday we don't even want to imagine what it'll be like.”

During the homily, Cardinal Santos Abril said that Our Lady, as a Protrectress of the Roman People has attracted the devotion of many Popes. But he specifically mentioned Pope Francis, who since day one, has asked Our Lady to guide him during his pontificate.



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