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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.

Statistics show there are roughly 210,000 Catholic schools all over the world, even in countries where Catholics are a minority. But with secularization on the rise, what exactly makes a Catholic school, Catholic?

CARD. ZENON GROCHOLEWSKI
Congregation for Catholic Education 
"When a school is Catholic, students and teachers need to understand that Catholic values will be taught there. We respect other religions of course, but it's our right to transmit Christian values.”

As a prelate of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Zenon said, having schools with a clear Catholic identity is a right that should be respected, despite secularization or cultural disagreements. This is one of the points addressed in a new document titled: Educating: Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools. It highlights that having a religious identity is a strength that gives way to inter-religious dialogue.

CARD. ZENON GROCHOLEWSKI
Congregation for Catholic Education 
"The document shows how having this clear identity as a Catholic school, can be a great way to engage in inter-religious dialogue.”

He adds that dialogue does not mean compromise.

ITALO FIORIN
LUMSA University Professor
"There's the notion that says, 'I'll accept you, but only if you leave your identity aside. So in a way you're accepted by that culture, but only because of a 'conditional acceptance.' The loss here is huge. You're being asked to forget about your own identity.”

To keep the dialogue alive, the Congregation for Catholic Education is planning two forums in 2015: One at UNESCO offices in Paris and the other in Rome. The goal will be to look into the role Catholic schools can play in enforcing Christian beliefs and in welcoming inter-religious dialogue.


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