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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.

'I lived with a Saint': John Paul II's personal secretary, releases book on Polish Pope


The world remembers John Paul II as 'the great Pope,' a gifted communicator and powerful evangelizer. He traveled the world meeting millions along the way, but it was a small group of collaborators who worked with him day in and day out. When it comes to John Paul II's spirituality, his former collaborators shared details that up until now, where unknown to most people. 

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"Every morning he would look at an Atlantis map and choose a country. For that entire day, he would pray for that nation and its people. He  called it the 'geography of prayer.'"

Msgr. Ptasznik was only 33 when he started working for John Paul II, but perhaps the person who knew him best was Cardinal Stanislao Dziwisz. He was Karol Wojtyla's personal secretary for almost 40 years.  His latest book which translates to 'I lived with a Saint,' describes John Paul II not only as a Pope, but above all else as a person. Gian Franco Svidercoschi, wrote the book based on the accounts of Dziwisz.  

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"What strikes me the most is John Paul II's daily sainthood, meaning he lived his holiness every day, under normal circumstances."

Another key point of John Paul II's life and spirituality, both in the good times and the bad, were the Sacraments. 

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"He celebrated Mass every day and even when he was hospitalized and couldn't do it himself, he would ask someone to celebrate Mass with him. The Eucharist was a central part of his life and it's also important to note that he would also go to Confession, at least once every two weeks."

"Karol Wojtyla was able to transmit hope to others, and he was able to move people who weren't believers, including those who had distanced themselves any type of religious entity."

In light of John Paul II canonization on April 27th, the book attempts to give a human and private perspective of John Paul II, including how he managed to affect the Catholic Church and in essence, the world. 

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