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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.

Tears of joy during Pope's audience with Slovak ambassador to Holy See


Pope Francis welcomed the new Slovakian ambassador to the Holy See, Peter Sopko. During the audience, the ambassadors mother was unable to hold back tears of joy when she met Pope Francis.

The Pope showed that he knows how to handle these moments quite well.  He warmly approached the ambassador and his family, and even joked with the woman and convinced her to take a photo together.

Sopko has an extensive diplomatic career. He was ambassador of his country in South Korea and Belgium. During the past few years, he served as the director for Slovak international diplomatic protocol. But as he presented his letter of accreditation to the Pope, it was his mother who received the most attention.