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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.

When the Pope visited Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence, they got to catch up just like old friends. They met for about 30 minutes, but there was still lots more to talk about. That's why during that brief get-together, Pope Francis invited Benedict XVI to lunch.

On Friday afternoon, Ratzinger made a short trip to Casa Santa Marta to have lunch with the Pope. At age 86, this is actually the first time Benedict XVI has publicly gone to the Pope's residence to meet him. Usually it's Pope Francis who goes out to visit him. 

In the past, Pope Francis has publicly said he enjoys having Benedict XVI around the Vatican, describing him as a wise grandfather

At lunch, they were each joined by their personal secretaries as well as Archbishop Dominique Mamberti who serves as the Secretary for Relations with States and also Msgr. Peter Brian Wells from the Secretariat of State. 


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