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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.

Valentine's Day with the Pope? Thousands of engaged couples mark it on their calendar

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There have been many 'firsts' for Pope Francis. The first Jesuit Pope and also the first from Latin America. But on Valentine's Day, he will add something else to that list.

FR. CARLOS SIMON VAZQUEZ
Pontifical Council for the Family
"Yes, this will be the first time a Pope meets with so many couples. Specifically engaged couples who are preparing for marriage.” 

It will all take place on February 14th at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, under the theme, 'The Joy of Yes is Forever.'  It'll be a way to set aside all the marketing associated with the holiday and bring it back to the basics: love and forgiveness. 


FR. CARLOS SIMON VAZQUEZ
Pontifical Council for the Family
"Yes marriage is about happiness and joy, but it's also about sacrifice, making an effort and about being there for one another.” 

Studies show that the first year of marriage is often the most challenging. With high divorce rates across the globe, organizers hope to counteract this problem with a new generation that's getting ready to tie the knot. In fact in the past, Pope Francis has been quite direct with his advice. 

POPE FRANCIS
ORIG ITALIAN (October 4th) 
"To newlyweds, I always give this advice: Argue as much as you want, if the plates start flying, so be it. But never let the day end without making peace. Never!”

Since marriage has its highs and lows, the Pope will also talk about how couples can strengthen their personal bond, their faith and one day, that of their children.

FR. CARLOS SIMON VAZQUEZ
Pontifical Council for the Family
"Love is something you have to learn, develop and put into practice. So being there for one another and forgiveness is something that can in fact be learned.” 

The Papal invitation is open to engaged couples who are getting ready for marriage in the Church. To sign up, one can send an e mail directly to the Council at events@family.va  no later than January 30th.


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