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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 on Rome's candidacy for the 2024 Olympics: I won't be here, eh?

2014-12-19

The Italian government announced that Rome is in the run to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Pope Francis met with a delegation of Italian athletes and wished them good luck. 

POPE FRANCIS
"2024...I won't be here, huh?”

Italy's National Olympic Committee was celebrating at the Vatican its first century of history.

GIOVANNI MALAGÒ
President, Italian National Olympic Committee
"Here you can see some Olympic and Paralympic champions who have won thanks to their hard work and spirit of sacrifice.”

In his address, the Pope explained that sport promotes education and fraternity. He highlighted that sometimes sport is not about winning, but rather about learning to loose.

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"It gives us a challenge to which we are called, and not just athletes: accepting the hardship and  sacrifice needed to achieve important goals in life, as well as accepting one's limitations without being paralyzed by them, and eventually overcome them.”

After his address, the Pope greeted some Paralympic athletes in a very warm way. Before leaving, Pope Francis encouraged all schools to promote sports, as he asked that it may be accessible for all, even for the weakest.


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