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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.

Italian Sea Guardian: Christ of the Abyss turns 60

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January 14, 2014. The waters in north central coast of the Mediterranean are famous for its spectacular beaches along the Italian and French Rivieras. But underneath the famed waters, near the city of Genoa, lies a bronze statue of Jesus Christ.


It's called the Christ of the Abyss, and lies approximately 50 feet underwater. An Italian artist crafted the eight-foot statue 60 years ago to commemorate the death of Italy's first scuba diver.

 

The Christ of the Abyss is depicted with both arms up towards the sky, and the surface, in prayer. The original, was made of clay, but after passing boats damaged it, a bronze replica replaced it. 

 

Today, the Christ statue lies within a protected marine park. But it remains accessible to people, looking for an adventure under the sea.


There are two other replicas of the Christ of the Abyss across the world. One of the coast of Granada, in the Caribbean, and a third off the Florida coast.

 


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