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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.

Two Popes, One 'Year of Faith'

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On Sunday November 24th, The Year of Faith will officially come to a close with a Papal morning Mass in St. Peter's Square. At 10:30 a.m. Rome time, thousands are expected to flock to the Vatican to take part in the Mass

The purpose of the Year of Faith, was to deepen the faith of Catholics by first having them fully understand the reasons behind the Church's teachings. Then, by inspiring them to share their faith with others. 

On Sunday, as part of the Mass,  Pope Francis will proclaim his very first apostolic exhortation. The name of the new document is 'Evangelii Gaudium,' which translates to 'The Joy of the Gospel.

It summarizes the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. It will include ways in which the Gospel can be shared successfully, especially in secularized countries. It will also highlight the responsibility Christians have in spreading the Gospel. 

Historically, perhaps what's most striking about the Year of Faith, is that it was ultimately carried out by two Popes.

The initiative was launched by Benedict XVI on October 11th, 2012. It included several Masses, lectures, debates, presentations and exhibits meant precisely to inspire a yearning to learn and to share the Catholic faith. 

As it draws to a close, St. Peter's relics will be showcased on November 24th, for the very first time. In light of the deadly typhoon that struck the Philippines, a collection will be held during Sunday's Mass to help victims. 

It was a historic year for the Vatican and for the Universal Church as a whole. Now it will be Pope Francis who will conclude the Year of Faith and announce how the New Evangelization should be carried forward. 


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