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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 to Ecumenical Patriarch: Christians must have a presence in the Middle East

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During his visit to Turkey, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast Day of St. Andrew along with Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew. The celebration was held in the Church of St. George in the city of Istanbul. 

In a call for unity, the Patriarch spoke about their previous meeting in the Holy Land. He also mentioned how their predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Athenagoras, decided to move forward as  brothers instead of adversaries. 

The Pope then added that Catholics don't wish to impose anything in their journey towards ecumenical unity. 

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"I want to assure each and every one of you, that to achieve the full unity we yearn for, the Catholic Church does not intend to impose any requirement.” 

After the ceremony, the Pope and the Patriarch gave a blessing. Pope Francis in Latin and Bartholomew in Greek. 

They also signed a joint declaration, just like they did back in May when they met in Jerusalem. 

The declaration includes the common concern both Churches have about the situation in Syria and Iraq. In light of the violence and bloodshed that's ravaged parts of these countries, they also called for the conflicts to end, through dialogue and negotiation. 

The instability in Ukraine was also mentioned as well as the need to engage in dialogue with Islam. 

The Pope and the Patriarch met once again as the Pope boarded a plane back to Rome. Bartholomew was there, at the airport, to say farewell. 


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