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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 introduces “Persian Catechism”


Roughly 100 million people  in the world speak Farsi. Now, the Catechism of the Catholic Church can be read in that very language. It's a translation that took 12 years to complete, along with the input of about 1,000 experts. 

Ambassador of Iran to the Holy See
"This work, done by the University of Religions of Iran, will boost inter-religious dialogue, especially among monotheistic religions.”

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Vatican's Council for Interreligious Dialogue, presented the book. He hopes this Catechism will improve the coexistence of religions in the Middle East.

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
"Non-Catholics can open the book and see for themselves what Christianity is in essence very powerful.” 

The Vatican hopes that the new publication will become a firsthand source of Catholicism in the region. Persian is spoken mainly in Iran and neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.