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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.

He was planning on a nice, quiet trip to Rome, but that all changed when he walked out to St. Peter's Square and saw an old friend

"He stopped the Popemobile and told me, come on in. I jumped over the barriers with the help of the Pope's security team.” 

That friend of course, was the Pope himself. As an Argentinian priest, they had known each other since 1988, when he was ordained a deacon and eventually a priest by Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio

"I cant really say I was the Pope's super close friend. But really all of us, all priests from Buenos Aires had strong ties with him and I think that came from his availability." 

But things didn't stop there. One day after these images made their way across the globe, Father Fabian Baez got yet another surprise. 

"Yeah, the Pope called me over the phone. He said he hoped I didn't feel uncomfortable by  the whole popemobile thing.” 

The last time they'd seen each other was back on December 2012, just a few months before he was elected Pope. But, Baez thinks the Pope's invitation was much more than just a fun gesture, though that definitely was part of it... 

"Yeah, he told me the best part of it all, was seeing me jump over the barrier.”

Above all else, he says, it was a message for priests, inviting them to be close to their flock. 

"The fact that he recognized me among thousands, reminds me of God's relationship with us. We aren't just a big crowd, God seeks us out individually.” 

And that he says, made this trip unforgettable. When he goes back home, he will have plenty of stories to tell.
 

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