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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 meets with Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung

2014-10-20

Pope Francis met with the prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, marking the first diplomatic meeting between both leaders. 

The meeting was short, but key and timely issues were addressed. The Holy See expressed its appreciation for the religious policy Vietnam adopted in its 2013 Constitution draft. Also for the assistance given to the Holy See's non residential Papal Representative to Vietnam. 

As a gift, the prime minister gave the Pope a blue vase. In return, the Pope gave the prime minister and members of his delegation, a rosary. 

About eight percent of country's population is Christian, most of which are Catholics. Over the years, the bilateral relationship between both states has improved. 

Back in 1975 ties were cut, when the Communist regime ruled South Vietnam. The relationship eventually improved, especially after 2007 when the prime minister visited Benedict XVI in the Vatican. 

Their discussion also included ways in which peace and stability can be promoted in the Asian continent. 


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