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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.

Jordan's King Abdallah II and Queen Rania discuss need for dialogue in Syria with Pope


Seemingly caught in the midst of the current Middle East crisis, Jordans King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, met with Pope Francis for a brief audience at the Vatican. The audience lasted about 20 minutes. Both leaders spoke about how to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East, but especially in Syria.   

They also addressed other matters, like the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, as well as the status of Jerusalem. 

Pope Francis and the Jordanian monarchs agreed that dialogue between all the factions of Syrian society, and with the support of the international community, is the only way to put an end to the violence. 

The audience was very cordial, and the Pope used the time to thank King Abdullah for his commitment to fostering inter-religious dialogue. The Jordanian king called a conference in September at his capital, Amman, about the challenges Christians face in the Middle East. 

Queen Rania attended the audience wearing a white veil, a privilege usually reserved for Catholic royals. 

This was the first meeting between the Jordanian monarchs and Pope Francis. Before then, in 2009, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania had welcomed Benedict XVI in Amman, during the Pope emeritus' apostolic trip to the Holy Land.