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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 to Mexican bishops: The concerns of your parishes are also mine

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Mexican bishops continued their "ad limina” visits with Pope Francis, to analyze the state of their dioceses.


"As the bishops' conference, we strive to be alongside our people, giving special attention to families, youth and indigenous communities.”


Pope Francis said he was concerned with social and pastoral issues in Mexico. He thanked the bishops for their work.

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"I learned a lot from what you had told me. Serious concerns from your parishes have stayed with me. Some suffer greatly. The problems that Cardinal Ortega mentioned are serious.”


The Pope handed each of the bishops copies of a message, directed to them all. Shortly after, the Bishops' Conference president, Cardinal Francisco Robles, exposed to the media the contents of the message.

In it, Pope Francis asked the bishops not to abandon the victims of violence caused by drug trafficking

CARD. FRANCISCO ROBLES
President, Mexican Episcopal Conference
"The people of God wait for you, the shepherds, not for technical or political answers to this serious evil. What people expect is the proximity of their shepherds.”

In his message, the Pope said that it was important for lay people to be involved in the county's social and political spheres, giving witness of their faith, "with consistency and unabashedly.”

Meanwhile, the bishops took advantage of the opportunity to ask the Pope if he'll visit Mexico.

CARD. FRANCISCO ROBLES
President, Mexican Episcopal Conference
"The Pope didn't say yes or no. He more or less explained what visits he has planned for the immediate future. But he said, 'we'll see...'”


The Pope's trip to the Holy Land will delay his meetings with the remaining bishops. They'll restart once he returns to Rome, from May 27-30.


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