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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's Mass in Assisi: Respect life. End armed conflicts that stain the Earth with blood


At the end of his homily in Assisi, Pope Francis called for the respect for life and nature. He explained that humans were created to offer care and protection and not to destroy God's creations.   

"The Saint from Assisi is a great witness of showing respect to God's creations...and the way He created them, without experiments or destruction. May we help nature be even more beautiful. To have the closest version of what God created.”

In his remarks, the Pope explicitly called for an end to the conflicts in Syria and the Holy Land. Humans, he said, have a duty to look after all of God's creations and especially each other.

"Humans are called to look after each other. They must be at the center of Creation, which is what God, the Creator, has wished for. Let us respect all human beings. Let us put an end to all the armed conflicts that stain the earth with blood. May all weapons be silenced. May hate give way to love.”

In addition to war and social problems like unemployment in the region, the Pope also mentioned the recent death of hundreds of immigrants off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa.