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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 prays for Rwanda on the 20 anniversary of genocide

2014-04-07

The Pope's greeting in the Angelus took more time than usual. Pope Francis remembered that this week marks the 20 anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, and prayed so that the African country does not give up the path towards peace.

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"I want to express my paternal closeness to the Rwandan people, encouraging them to continue, with determination and hope, the process of reconciliation that has already manifested its fruits, and the commitment to the human and spiritual reconstruction of the country. To all of you I say: Do not be afraid!”

Starting on April 7, 1994, the Hutu majority tried to annihilate the Tutsi population in the country. More 800.000 people were killed. Rwanda will hold a week of national mourning.

In his speech, the Pope also greeted the residents of the Italian city of L'Aquila. Five years ago, an earthquake hit that region and killed 309 people. Today, more than 23,000 people still can't return to their homes.

POPE FRANCIS
"Let's pray for the path of resurrection for the people from L'Aquila. May solidarity and spiritual renewal be forces of material reconstruction.”

The Pope also prayed for the victims of the Ebola virus and asked for more efforts to fight the new outbreak in Guinea and neighboring countries.


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