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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

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Saintly relics and remains within primitive Rome parish restored

2013-08-09

The church ofSan Francesco a Ripa is the first parish in Rome dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. It was built in 1231, at the same place where the saint himself stayed, during his trip to Rome.   

This highly sacred ground is the home to invaluable masterpieces from artists like Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Simon Vouet or Giavanni Battista Gaulli. The church also looks after a wide array of relics and sacred objects under restoration. They include this liturgical ornament, dating from the mid-Eighteenth Century.  

GIANFRANCESCO SOLFERINO 
Conservator, San Francesco a Ripa Church 
"The first thing that will be restored is this magnificent vestment which is partly displayed behind me. It is a tunic, the stoll and a bag, which have been embroidered by master tailors in Catanzaro, Calabria. It represents a vestment dedicated entirely to the Immaculate Conception. The Madonna is not depicted physically, but it features symbols, decorative themes and, above all, floral motifs which are representative of the great mystery of the Immaculate Conception.” 

The veneration of relics dates back to the times of early persecutions of Christians. 

IANFRANCESCO SOLFERINO 
Conservator, San Francesco a Ripa  
"We preserve hundreds of authentic relics. They're relics that range from objects from the Holy Land, to ex ossibus relics from the Apostles, from the first martyrs, and also relics of the most important saints.” 

Restorers are working around the clock to have everything ready for October 2, when the exhibition of restored artifacts will open to the public. Even the date was carefully calculated, since just two days later, on October 4, the Church celebrates the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi. 


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