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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.

Ratzinger Prize awarded for first time to woman and to Polish theologian

2014-06-17

Joseph Ratzinger's contributions to Theology continue to have an impact in the field. One example is the Vatican's Joseph  Ratzinger Foudantion, which each year gives a Ratzinger Prize, also described as the Nobel of Theology.

MSGR. GIUSEPPE SCOTTI
President, Joseph Ratzinger Foundation 
"We award excellence, we award a lifetime of research and commitment to Theology. In other words, we award men and women who believe that speaking about God, that giving God to the world, is the greatest treasure we have.”

This year, for the first time, the award will be given to a woman, French professor Anne-Marie Pelletier, an expert in femininity in religion. She will share it with a first-ever Polish recipient, Fr. Waldemar Chrostowski.

The Pope emeritus is in constant contact with the foundation which bears his name, and follows their work closely.

CARD. CAMILIO RUINI
Joseph Ratzinger Foundation 
"The Pope emeritus is very discrete and allows us to choose the recipients. Even though, clearly, before making a decision, we always check with him first. Of course, he continues having an enormous interest in theological matters.” 

In addition to the award, the Foundation is busy promoting a college conference inspired by the teachings of Benedict XVI. It brings together delegates from over 100 universities around the world. This year, the conference will take place in the Colombian city of Medellin.

GERMAN CARDONA GUTIERREZ
Colombian Ambassador to the Holy See
"It's a pleasure to be here with you to present this event which, once again, recognizes and highlights the theological, academic and spiritual wealth of our respected Pope emeritus, whom we should always value for the strength of his values and the solidness of his arguments.”

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation was established in 2010. It aims to promote the study of the Pope emeritus' works and spirituality. To this day, he continues to be one of the most important theologians in the Church's modern history.


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