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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.

Pope Francis invites world to take part in day of fasting and prayer for peace

2013-09-04

Pope Francis strongly reaffirmed his calls for peace. During the first general audience after his summer vacation, he invited the world to take part in a day of fasting and prayer for peace, including a prayer vigil he will lead at St. Peters Square on Saturday, September 7.   


POPE FRANCIS
"This coming Saturday we will live together a special day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. But also for the peace in our hearts, because peace begins in our hearts. I renew the invitation to the whole Church to live this day intensely, and even now I express gratitude to the other Christian brothers and sisters, to the brothers and sisters of other religions and to the men and women of good will who desire to join in this initiative, in places and ways of their own.” 

The Pope also had a special reminder for youth, and he thanked them for adding to his experience during July's WYD in Brazil. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Without Him, we cannot achieve anything; with Him, any young person can provide hope for God, and for others. Do you want to become that hope? Do you dare to change the world, to make it more beautiful and fair? World Youth Day reminds us of the greatest lesson throughout history: that God loves us, and Jesus Christ is our salvation.” 

Before the general audience, the Pope once again reached out to the pilgrims at St. Peter's Square. He took a large ride on board his Popemobile through the crowd, greeting dozens of children and the sick. About 50,000 people showed up to see him. 

In the 14 general audiences Pope Francis has celebrated so far, the Vatican has issued nearly 825,000 admission tickets. But that number doesn't include tourists that gathered at the Square without a ticket. According to the Vatican, the attendance for Pope Francis' audiences are three times larger than the initial statistics for John Paul II and Benedict XVI. 


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