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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.

Pope Francis: It's not human for families to remain hungry from paying off loan sharks

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The cold and rain kept many people from attending the General Audience at St. Peter's Square. It had one of the smallest attendances, but it also made it easier to see the Pope. Pilgrims gave him shirts, letters, photos. Some even brought their pets.

And the bird?
Here it is. Here's the bird. Take it, Father. He's very tame, Father.

The spotlight also fell on children often, before the start of the Pope's catechesis. As Pope Francis blessed them, many seemed happy to be there, but not all.

But he's crying
He's anti-clergy?
No, no. God forbid.

As he began the General Audience, the Pope explained why it was important to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

POPE FRANCIS
"We all make sure that we are baptized, and that's a good thing. But then we're not too concerned with getting Confirmed. So we're left halfway, and don't receive the Holy Spirit, which is so important in Christian life, because it gives us the strength to move forward.”

He reminded pilgrims that Confirmation is closely tied to Baptism, and that, along with the Eucharist, they are the sacraments of Christian initiation.

After his remarks on the sacraments, Pope Francis made an appeal in line with his economic beliefs. He denounced the financial challenges that many families go through once their paycheck ends. 

POPE FRANCIS
"I hope that institutions will intensify their efforts to help victims of dramatic usury, a social plague. When a family has nothing to eat because they have to pay off loan sharks, it's not Christian! It's not human!”

To close off, Pope Francis reminded people that Friday will be the feast of St. John Bosco. He urged young people, the sick and young married couples to reflect on his teachings, in order to face their obstacles in life.


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