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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.

From divorce to single parenting: When families face challenges, how can the Church help?

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The family unit has changed dramatically in the last few decades. There's a higher divorce rate and single parent households. As part of the Synod, the Church is looking into how it can improve the Christian formation and support these families receive, especially when children deal with the separation of their parents. 


FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Spokesperson
"What is the stability that these relationships are offering and also the long term effects of this moving back and fourth of being shoveled around like a ping pong and the harm that that causes?” 

In regards to homosexuality, Bishops also talked about the pastoral care of children, who are being raised by gay couples

FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Spokesperson
"How do we assist those children? We don’t refuse the Sacraments to them, we take care of them, we provide pastoral care for them.” 

The first week of the Synod, the discussion has focused on mercy, justice and truth. Specifically the need to engage people and evangelize. 


ALICE HEINZEN 
Synod Expert, Natural Family Planning 
"How can you learn from me about the goodness of the Lord if you and I don’t have a relationship. If you and I sit down over coffee, we chat, we become friends. You’re gonna trust what I’m going to say, but if you don’t know me at all, what in the world would you want to listen to what I want to say.” 

The challenges faced by the family are different of course, depending on the country. An African Bishop talked about outside pressures from NGO's that try to promote their agenda, by offering aid. 


FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Spokesperson
"When the imposition of same sex marriage, or so called reproductive rights were trying to be imposed on a particular country or several countries and in return there would be international funding or aid given. One Bishop said, we’ve decided to say that our poverty doesn’t mean that we have no dignity.” 

The first phase of the synod will conclude on October 19th. The second phase, will take place in October 2015. 


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