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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.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope calls on Catholics to take action and evangelize

2013-11-26

The Pope's first apostolic exhortation, titled 'Evangelii Gaudium' or 'Joy of the Gospel' has been published. It's the first public document completely authored by Pope Francis. Divided in five chapters, it highlights several points about what it really means to be Christian. It deals with mercy, sharing the joy of faith, the role of the Pope and of Episcopal conferences.  Also topics ranging from spirituality and the defense of life to poverty and economics. 

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA
President, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization
"He uses clear and immediate language in this text, without any type of rhetoric. Pope Francis goes to the heart of modern day problems, adding that to respond to these, the Church must show more than just a presence.” 

Pope Francis began writing this text back in August 2013, after he came back from World Youth Day in Rio. The Pope urges Catholics to welcome the "delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing.” He also includes some of the conclusions discussed during the 2012 Bishops Synod on the New Evangelization. 

MSGR. LORENZO BALDISSERI
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
"What's quite striking,  right off the bat, is the way he describes the joy that comes with living the Gospel, hence the name 'Evangelii Gaudium.' In fact throughout the text he includes the word 'joy' a total of 59 times.” 

MSGR. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
"Because it is in fact an apostolic exhortation it has its unique style and wording. I also want to highlight that the Pope uses a common language to explain his points, which include a spiritual and pastoral dimension.” 

The document is more than just an invitation to spread the faith. Rather the Pope is making a direct call to all Catholics, so they may accept the personal responsibility of moving the new evangelization forward. 

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