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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 will travel to Strasbourg, to speak before the European Parliament

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The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will speak before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on November 25th, during its plenary assembly. 

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, who actually met with the Pope last year, in October, announced that the Pope had accepted his invitation. 

The visit is being described as a symbolic gesture that's very significant, especially since Europe has become increasingly secular. German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who serves s the President Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, welcomed the idea, adding that it will be a good way for the Parliament to remember its Christian roots. 

November will be a busy month for the Pope. He is also tentatively scheduled to travel to Turkey at the end of November

Back on October 8, 1988, John Paul II became the first Pope to speak before the European Parliament. At the time, the Berlin Wall still divided Germany and ultimately communism still divided Europe. Using symbolism, the Pope reminded the Parliament, that Europe should learn to breathe with two lungs, within one same body. 

But the session did start off with an unexpected disturbance when parliament member, Ian Paisley from Northern Ireland,  interrupted the Pope, yelling anti-papal slogans from the Protestant Reformation

"I call you to order and I ask you to stop this disturbance.” 

Eventually he was removed and the Pope continued his speech. 


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