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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.

Pres. Obama mentions Pope Francis during State of the Union Address

2015-01-21

In his state of the union address, televised throughout homes in America, President Barack Obama referenced Pope Francis in his speech. It happened about 40 minutes into his address, when the president talked about the country's plans to ease restrictions on Cuba. 

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"And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo. As His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of 'small steps.' These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba.” 

Pope Francis and the Vatican played a key role in the negotiations between the U.S and Cuba. Both countries have been at odds for decades now, since the island adopted a communist regime. 

The Pope personally wrote a letter to Obama this fall, requesting the country 'resolve humanitarian issues of common interest.' He then wrote another letter to Cuban leader, Raul Castro, with the same request. 

In fact the Vatican's Department of State, hosted a meeting between an American and Cuban delegation, before an official announcement of diplomatic improvement, was made in early December.  

President Obama met Pope Francis for the first time back in April. They will probably meet again in September of this year, when the Pope visits three American cities: Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C.


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