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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.

With a row of Swiss Guards and cameras flickering away, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived to the Vatican.


CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Secretary of State

"Your majesty welcome”


The Queen was about 20 minutes late, but as a true English woman, she was quite conscious of time.

 

 

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II
 "I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. We were having lunch with the president.”

 


The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. It marks the first gathering between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth. First, she introduced her staff...

 

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II
"This is my private secretary. From Australia.”

 

 

And then gifts were exchanged. The Queen and Duke gave the Pope a basket full of fine wine, juice, jams and honey. All of which, came from their royal estates within their kingdom.

 

 


The Pope gave her Majesty a decree issued by Pope Innocent XI. It dates back to 1679, declaring Edward the Confessor, who was an English King, as a Saint of the Catholic Church.

 

 


 "It's an actual replica of the original.”


The Pope also had a gift ready for her 8-month old great grandson. It's a blue crystal sphere, with a silver cross of Edward the Confessor. At the base, it reads: To His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

 

 

POPE FRANCIS
"We have the same name”


Prince Phillip received three papal medals, gold, silver and bronze.

 

 

 

PRICE PHILIP
"It's the only gold medal I've ever won.”

 


Once their meeting came to a close, as usual, the Pope asked the Queen for one special request.

 

 

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II
"It's been a great pleasure”

 



POPE FRANCIS
"Pray for me, don't forget.”

 



QUEEN ELIZABETH II
"I won't forget”




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