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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.

Why does the Bible describe cities as women and mothers?

2014-05-16

For almost everyone a city is just the place where one lives and works. But for centuries, poets have described cities as mothers who look after their children and even weep for them.

As an expert on the Old Testament, Nuria Calduch-Benages explains when this trend started and how it influenced the prophets of the Bible.  She says that describing the city as a mother is not as abstract as it seems.

NURIA CALDUCH-BENAGES
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"A careful reading of these biblical texts can maybe help us understand this relationship. At the very least maybe it can help us foster a relationship between our way of life and the cities we live in.” 


A Biblical example of a so called 'mother city' is Jerusalem. It's a pilgrimage and worshiping site for the three monotheist religions of the world. That's part of what makes the Pope's trip to the Holy Land so important. 

NURIA CALDUCH-BENAGES
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"In the Holy Land we find a Biblical connection everywhere. For us Christians and for people of faith, this is very moving. It's our Mother Land. Speaking in terms of faith, it's our land. It's everyone's Land.”


Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance.


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