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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 gives tips on how to be a good Confessor

2014-03-28

What does it take to be a good Confessor? Pope Francis gave a few tips to priests who took part in a conference on the Sacrament of Confession. The Pope said that it's not about being a judge, but about mercy.

 


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"A confessor shouldn't act like a judge or act like an average friend. Instead, one needs to act with God's charity. With the love of a father who finds his lost son and seeks him out. With the love of a pastor who goes out to find his lost sheep.”

 


When it comes to Confession, the Pope said some decide to stay away from it, because it's challenging to share one's faults with others. To counteract this, the Pope said they must make an effort to embrace an attitude of mercy and forgiveness.

 


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"The heart of a priest, is a heart that's open to being moved. It's not based just on feelings or even plain emotion, but rather by the very core of the Lord's mercy.”
 


He also talked about practical matters, like having parishes making their confession schedules clear, including the times when parishoners can find a priest in church.

 


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