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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.

March 2014: Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to go to confession in public

2014-12-27

Lent began in March, the time in which the Church prepares for Holy Week. The Pope celebrated the Ash Wednesday Mass, where Cardinal Josef Tomko placed ashes on him.

As in every Lenten season, the Pope held the traditional meeting with the priests of the diocese of Rome. 

Pope Francis once again surprised them when he revealed that he stole his confessors crucifix...at his wake!

POPE FRANCIS
March 6, 2014
"Right away, the thief in all of us come to mind. While I laid the flowers on his coffin, I took the crucifix from the rosary, about this size, I pulled gently and removed it. In that moment, I looked at him and said: 'Give me half of your mercy.'”

Traditionally, the Pope also takes advanted of Lent to make his spiritual exercises with the Cardinals of the Curia. They arrived at a residence outside of Rome by bus and he was the first to step off. 

-How are you?
-Very well.

For five days there were no audiences nor meetings held. He sat down to pray with the rest of the cardinals. 

March also saw the first strong condemnation by the Pope against the mafia. During this meeting with families of innocent victims of the criminal organizations in Rome, Pope Francis heard the names of 800 innocent people who were murdered.

After a powerful address, he called on members of the mafia to change their lives. 

POPE FRANCIS
March 21, 2014
"Convert. You still have time to not end up in hell. That is what awaits you, if you continue down this path.”

Lastly, March left a historical memory. During the penitential celebration in St. Peter's Basilica on March 28th, he approached a confessional. For the first time, the world saw a Pope ask forgiveness like any other Christian, kneeling in front of a priest. 


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