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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: Some think that in order to be good Catholics they have to be like rabbits

2015-01-20

When a journalist asked Pope Francis about birth control during an impromptu press conference on the papal plane, Pope Francis said contraception isn't the answer, but rather 'responsible parenthood.' He explained it with graphic words. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Some think that, excuse my expression, that in order to be good Catholics they have to be like rabbits. No! Responsible parenthood!” 

Responsible parenthood, meaning Catholic  couples, in good conscience should decide how many children they can raise. Through his words, the Pope defended natural planning methods. The most popular one is known as the Billings Ovulation Method. 

He also talked about future travel plans. In September the Pope will visit the city of Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. But a trip to Mexico, will have to wait. 

POPE FRANCIS
"The three cities are Philadelphia, for the World Meeting of Families. Then New York, I have the date already but I can’t remember. I will go visit the UN... and Washington.” 

He also denounced corruption, sharing how once back in Argentina he was offered roughly $400,000 dollars to help the poor. But in exchange, money laundering was involved. 

POPE FRANCIS
"At that moment I thought about what I would do. Either I insult them and give them a kick where the sun never shines,  or I could play the fool. I played the fool and said. 'Well here in the  vicariate, we don’t have a bank account. You would have to make the deposit to the archdiocese and ask for a receipt.' And that was it. 'Oh, we didn't know,' they said. Then they left.”

One of the passengers, Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki, celebrated her birthday that day. So, a little impromptu celebration was held with the Vatican press corps and the Pope. 


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