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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.

A 'papal hat' too big for the Pope


This time Pope Francis couldn't exchange his papal hat with a young man who offered him a new one during his visit to Assisi. It was too big. It's becoming a new tradition. Every time someone gives the Pope a new papal hat, he exchanges it for the one hes wearing at the moment.  

Last April, an American couple gave him one, but the Cardinal who had introduced them kindly told them that it couldn't be done. But the Pope immediately grabbed their 'papal hat' and gave them his. 

That image traveled the world, and ever since then, many people have done the same. Unfortunately, this time around, the hat was just too big, and the Pope had to give it back.