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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.

Great Fire ravaged Rome 1950 years ago

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On the night of July 18, in the year 64 A.D., began one of the most devastating events in Imperial Rome. A man-made fire overtook the Eternal City's commercial zone, near Circo Massimo, and quickly spread across several neighborhoods. 

The cause for what is now known as the Great Fire of Rome remains unclear to this day. Historians uncovered contradictory witness accounts. Popular theories blame Emperor Nero, citing a fit of madness. But most historians agree the Emperor likely wasn't in Rome at the time.

Some accounts claim it was an accident. According to others, Nero blamed Christians, in order to justify their persecution.

The Great Fire burned for over six days, before residents were able to bring it under control. The number of victims is unclear, but estimated in the thousands. The blaze also displaced some 200,000 residents. In all, about 4,000 residential buildings and more than 132 villas were destroyed.


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