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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 the Synod: “Speak clearly, do not think there are issues that cannot be discussed”

2014-10-06

Pope Francis called on participants of the Synod on the Family to speak freely at the sessions. He wants every opinion to be taken into account for the discussion.

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"This is a basic general condition: speak clearly. Do not say: I cannot say this, if I do they will think badly of me. Speak freely of everything you believe. Following the last consistory on February of this year in which we spoke about the family, a cardinal wrote the following: "What a pity! Some cardinals did not dare to say some things in respect for the Pope, thinking that maybe he thought differently.” This is not alright”.

In addition to speaking clearly, Pope Francis asked Bishops to listen to the opinions of the others openly and with interest.

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"At the same time, one must listen with humility and take in the words of our brothers with an open heart. With these two attitudes, one practices synodality”.

A synod is a meeting of Bishops summoned by the Pope to exchange opinions about a specific issue.

Usually, experts are invited to take their input into account.

In this occasion, the presidents of every episcopal conference around the world and 13 married couples will speak about the family. They will suggest measures to face different challenges such as the preparation for marriage, the pastoral participation of divorced couples, the education of children, domestic violence and polygamy.


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