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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

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What to expect of Pope Francis' trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines

2015-01-12

Pope Francis will kick off 2015 traveling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines from January 12 to 19.

Back in 2009, Sri Lanka put an end to a civil war that lasted 25 years. Now many hope Pope Francis will boost national reconciliation and peace.

F. PRASAD HARSHAN
Sri Lankan Priest
"The tears of the people are still drying and it will take some time for them to actually heal the wounds of war. It's going to be a wonderful event. Touching all the corners and all the hearts of the people.”

One of the highlights of the trip will be the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz, who will become the first Sri Lankan saint.

On January 15, the Pope will travel to the Philippines. This country has suffered many natural disasters. The last one was typhoon Haiyan, that took the lives of 6,000 people on November 2013.

F. GREGORY GASTON
Rector, Pontificio Collegio Filippino (Rome)
"The Pope is going to the Philippines to visit the victims, yes, of the typhoon, but also of other calamities, because months before the super typhoon, two years ago, it was also an earthquake that affected many islands.”

The Pope's security is one of the biggest concerns of the organizers of this visit, since Paul VI suffered a terrorist attack when he visited the Philippines in 1970.

Still, great crowds of pilgrims are expected to attend all the papal Masses and audiences. John Paul II managed to gather 4 million people on the World Youth Day of Manila 1995.


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