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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' personality helping improve communication within Church


He has been on the job for six months, but Pope Francis has become a media sensation. His messages and acts are widely publicized. One look at his Twitter accounts will show nearly nine million followers.   

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"We're very pleased that in Twitter Pope Francis has a very significant following. Even more pleasing for us is that the people who follow Pope Francis take his words and share them with others. So there's a very high and significant rise of re-tweeting his messages. Which means: the simple messages of the Pope, of love, of care, of concern, he is sharing with his followers are in turn brought into a wider public because they're able to share them.” 

Since Francis took on the reins of the Church, interest in the Vatican's activities has gone up. This means that the people in charge of communications within the Vatican have their work cut out for them. 

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"It's much more to understand that communication today happens in a network way. It's interactive, it's participative. People share, people follow, people like or don't like. And the challenge for the Church is: what does it mean for the Church to begin thinking in our communications in the context of the network?” 

The Plenary Assembly for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications is currently underway. Participants from around the world will debate, analyze and exchange their thoughts on the world of communications. On Saturday, the Pope will welcome them inside the Vatican.