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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 Francis on the Esplanade of Mosques: May no one abuse the name of God through violence!

2014-05-26

Pope Francis visited the Esplanade of Mosques in Jerusalem's old city barefooted. He went to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place in Islam. There is kept the rock from which Prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven. Jews refer to this area as the Temple of Solomon, while Christians see it as the remains of the temple of Jerusalem, visited several times by Jesus.

After his visit, the Pope went to the building of the Great Council.

The Grand Mufti denounced in a speech that Israel does not allow a lot of Muslims to visit their Holy Places. He explained that it could trigger terrible consequences, like a world war.

The President of the Supreme Muslim Council stood for the right of Palestinian people to "recover their land”:

Pope Francis addressed them as "dear brothers” and reminded them that Jews, Christians and Muslims have in Abraham a common father and a good example.

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"Dear friends, from this holy place I make a heartfelt plea to all people and to all communities who look to Abraham: may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters! May we learn to understand the sufferings of others! May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace! Salaam!”

The visit was short, but had a lot of significance: it is seen as another step forward in the relations between Catholics and Muslims.


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