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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 to Brazil's president: Does this mean I have to pray so that Brazil wins the World Cup?

2014-02-22

Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, visited the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. In a relaxed atmosphere, the Pope thanked her for welcoming World Youth Day and its millions of pilgrims to Brazil.

 

Perhaps the most light hearted moment came when the president gave the Pope a soccer ball signed by Brazilian player Ronaldo. Also, a  soccer jersey of the Brazilian team with a few words from soccer star, Pelé.

 

"So, this means the Pope will have to pray so that Brazil wins the World Cup...”



"If you want to pray so that Brazil wins, I'll really appreciate it. Or at least, stay neutral.”

 


The gifts didn't finish there. Pope Francis gave Rousseff a medallion engraved with the Angel of Peace. And he had another gift prepared...much more personal.

 



"I took the liberty of using you as messenger... For your daughter.”

 

 


The President of Brazil announced that Pope Francis will deliver a message against racism in the World Cup Championship. Dilma Rousseff traveled to Rome to assist the Consistory, where Pope Francis made  Archbishop Orani Tempesta a Cardinal.

 

 


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