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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's trip to Israel: What's expected?

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There's a lot of expectations riding on the Pope's visit to the Holy Land. He will go to Jordan, Palestine and Israel in a busy three day pilgrimage, from Saturday May 24th to Monday 26th.  It won't be political visit, but could have political ramifications. 

A day after meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Pope will visit the Wailing Wall. 

ZION EVRONY
Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See
"The Western Wall, the Wailing Wall is the only remnant of the Jewish Temple. This is the root of our history, this is the holiest site in Judaism.”

Ambassador Zion Evrony is Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See. He says, that despite the attention of recent anti-Christian graffiti on Holy Sites in Jerusalem, the incidents, he says are isolated and the country is looking forward to the Pope's visit. 

ZION EVRONY
Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See.
"In many parts of the Middle East the Christian community is under attack, not in Israel. In Israel they enjoy full freedom and equal rights.” 

But American Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, says the situation is much more complicated than that, especially for those living along the West Bank, where Israeli settlements have fueled tensions between Israel and Palestine.  

CARD. EDWIN O BRIEN
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
"Some can’t even visit their families. Some will take almost a full day to get approval to go beyond the wall to get to their farms and so forth."

There are roughly 160,000 Christians living in Israel. Over the years, many have opted to flee from direct or indirect persecution in the Middle East, making Christians an even smaller minority.



CARD. EDWIN O BRIEN
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre 
"Because it means so much to the Christian world that we do have a presence there that the institutions and the buildings don’t become museum pieces.” 

Even as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis had a long history of inter-religiuos dialogue. Now, millions hope that his visit will renew peace talks and at the very least, ease tensions on both a political and religious level. 


ZION EVRONY
Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See.
"Religious spiritual leaders can sometimes help ease tensions between two sides of a conflict. I’m sure that when he comes to Israel, his message of peace will have an impact.” 


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