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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.

Professors send letter to Pope Francis asking for bold ways to support married couples

2014-10-02

A group of intellectuals and professors, both Catholic and different Christian faiths, from all around the world sent a letter to Pope Francis thanking him for the upcoming Synod on the Family. They believe that the Synod "is an opportunity to express timeless truths about marriage.” Among those who signed the letter are Italian bishop Renzo Bonetti, Spanish professor Rafael Navarro-Valls and North American Thomas Farr, who teaches at Georgetown University.

The document also analyzes some of the challenges families face today. "Unmarried cohabition” and the so-called "no fault divorce” are among the most urgent problems it highlights, especially in the United States. Also, the lack of support for enduring marriages and what they define as the "costs of pornography.”

Along with this picture of the troubles families have today, the document gives some hints on how to solve them. It encourages the General Assembly of Bishops to look for bold ways of evangelizing married couples. Some of them include building "small communities of married couples who support each other unconditionally,” teaching priests to "showcase in their homilies the spiritual and social value of marriage” and resisting "any changes to laws that would further weaken” marriage as "conjugal union of one man and one woman.


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