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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.

New interview to Pope Francis: The court is the leprosy of the Papacy

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The best way to get to know Pope Francis is reading his interviews. So far, he has given three:the press conference on the flight from Rio de Janeiro, the sit-down interview with Antonio Spadaro, director of the Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, and the latest one published Tuesday in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.    

CURIA REFORM
For Pope Francis, the "Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy.”

Pope Francis stressed that the problem has nothing to do with the heads of Roman Curia, but with the middle managers that "look after the interests of the Vatican, which are temporal interests. This Vatican-centric view neglects the world around us.” That's why, he explains, he wants to make the Church "an organization that is not just top-down but also horizontal.”

CONCLAVE
Pope Francis also gives details of his election. After the Cardinals chose him, he asked to be left alone in a room before saying yes or no. "My head was completely empty and I was seized by a great anxiety. To make it go away and relax I closed my eyes and made every thought disappear, even the thought of refusing to accept the position... At a certain point I was filled with a great light. It lasted a moment, but to me it seemed very long.”

WORLD
Pope Francis also expressed concern about global youth unemployment and the loneliness of the elderly. "Without a memory of the past and without the desire to look ahead to the future by building something, a future, a family, can you go on like this?” The Pope describes them as "the most urgent problem that the Church is facing.”  


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