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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.

What's next for the Church in Latin America?

2014-03-19

More than 40 percent of the world's Catholics live in Latin America. In fact the country with the most Catholics is Brazil, followed by Mexico. The election of Pope Francis has re-energized the Church at home and abroad. 

GUZMAN CARRIQUIRY 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America 
"There's definitely an overwhelming attraction and it also includes passive Christians. It goes well beyond the walls of the Church.” 

But now the question is what's in store for the future of the Church in the Americas? The Vatican's Pontifical Commission for Latin America discussed some of the highlights and challenges.

GUZMAN CARRIQUIRY 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America 
"Over the years we've seen a spiritual migration of Catholics who are turning to evangelical and neo-pentecostal denominations, and in some cases even cults.” 

Guzman Carriquiry says, religious illiteracy and  a growing hostility against the Church have helped triggered this phenomenon.  This is why Pope Francis is highlighting the need for a missionary Church, that goes beyond its comfort zone to evangelize and one that leaves clericalism behind. 

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, says the Pope is getting that message out loud and clear. 

CARD. MARC OUELLET
Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops 
"Pope Francis doesn't have a communication strategyhe is the strategy.” 

GUZMAN CARRIQUIRY 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America 
"The Holy Father's election was unexpected and his pontificate is unpredictable.” 

In his first year as Pontiff, the Pope met with 13 Heads of State from the Americas. Even though it's still unclear if his pontificate will strengthen Catholicism in that part of the world, one thing is crystal clearthe Pope definitely has the attention of his native continent. 


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