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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.

Vatican on Pope's comments about Paris Attacks: He does not condone violence

2015-01-16

The Vatican's spokesperson, Fr. Federico Lombardi clarified the Pope's comments on the Paris attacks, adding that the Pope does not condone violence. On the papal plane, he told journalists that killing in the name of God is an aberration, but faith, should not be mocked. 

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"It's true that one cannot react violently, but if Dr. Gasbarri, who is a good friend of mine, insulted my mother, he should expect a punch.”

Through a statement, Lombardi said that the Pope's off the cuff remarks referenced the spontaneous reaction one can have when feeling deeply offended. A reaction that comes when one, feels violated. 

It was an example, said Lombardi, to illustrate that faith is something that's deeply felt. 

He then added that the Church is not indifferent to faith being mocked. But obviously,  there must be a balance and tolerance, he added, when it comes to respecting rights. 


The Pope on many occasions has condemned the attacks against the French magazine, adding that God should never be used as an excuse to kill. 


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