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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.

Memling: pocket-sized masterpieces from the Renaissance


Michelangelo needed approximately 200 square meters to properly portray Christ in all his glory.

Instead, the 15th century German painter Hans Memling accomplished the same feat in a smartphone-sized painting.

"Memling. Flemish Renaissance”
"It is a painting meant for private devotion. This type of painting was very famous and popular among Flemish patrons of that time. It consists of small objects that one kept at home, in a very intimate manner meant for private devotion.”

For the first time, Rome dedicates an exhibition to this genius of the Flemish Renaissance, known for his passion for detail.

His portraits are the best summary of his art. The high definition of every face joins the mastery of the landscape.

"Memling. Flemish Renaissance”
"Memling was famous, above all, for his hand for portraits. His portraits, in fact, served to highlight the emergence of this new social class of bankers and merchants that lived in Brujas.”

Until January 18th, those who visit "Memling. Flemish Rennaisance” at the Scuderie del Quirinale will be able to appreciate all the details of these "pocket-sized” masterpieces.