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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.

What is fasting?

2013-09-06

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. This call was well received among other religious traditions, some of which will join the Catholics in this particular day of fasting. 

Throughout human history, thousands of people have fasted for political, civil, religious and medical reasons. Even Gandhi said that fasting was as old as Adam. Other relevant people who have fasted are Confucius, Aristotle and Martin Luther King Jr. 

For most religions, fasting means remorse, openness of the soul and prayer. It's a sign of penitence and union as brothers.

For Catholics, fasting means to cut down the main meal of the day, and reduce the others.


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