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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 to address the Council of Europe in November

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During his return flight from Tirana, Albania, Pope Francis told journalists that his next visit in Europe will be on November 25th. 

The Pope will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg. However, the Pope also revealed that he will visit the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe is made up of 47 countries, among them Italy, Germany and Russia. The council oversees cooperation between European countries in human rights, democratic development and cultural cooperation. It is separate from the European Union but does have an advisory role in creating policy. 

If the Pope does address the Council of Europe, he's expected to discuss several human rights issues affecting Europe, including immigration and religious freedom. He could also possibly discuss growing tensions and the climate of war in Europe and across the globe.

The Secretary General of the Council, Thorbjørn Jagland, formally invited the Pope to address the council when he visited the Vatican on September 20, 2014.

During that visit, Jagland thanked the Pope for his appeal for European solidarity with countries around the Mediterranean to secure the humane treatment of refugees.

The last visit by a Pontiff to the Council of Europe was on October 8, 1988, when St. John Paul II addressed the Council on the eve of the organization's 40th anniversary. 


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