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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.

The Cripta Balbi: discovering the evolution of ancient Rome

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The Cripta Balbi is a real walk back in time through the streets of Ancient Rome. It is a hidden gem that few tourists know about.Italian archaeologist Guglielmo Gatti discovered it by looking at map of ancient Rome engraved in marble.   


Excavations started shortly after, and have revealed how this site was used during the Roman empire's thousand year long history.

LAURA VENDITTELLI 
Director, Cripta Balbi Museum 
"The archaeological layering show us how the site was used, the transformations it underwent through the ages and how the various buildings got to be as they are today.” 

The site's museum features everyday objects used by the Romans both in ancient times and during the Middle Ages. 

This also shows how this place has a long history. It was first used as a type of 'community center' for people to use before or after they attended performances in theaters. Later, it served as a public bath, and evidence from the 5th century suggests it was even used as a furnace to produce glass. 

LAURA VENDITTELLI 
Director, Cripta Balbi Museum 
"A key moment during the Middle Ages is when the houses of merchants began to be built alongside this area. The merchants were beginning to stand out in society at the time, and we found paintings and decorations in their ancient houses. Another key moment is when during the 15th century this place became a foster home for youths during the Counter-Reformation.” 

The restoration work, which has been led by Rome's Archaeological Heritage department, is still underway. By the end of the year, the project's curators hope to allow tourists to visit an entirely new, never-seen-before section of the site. 


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