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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.

Pope Francis to fathers: Helicopter parenting stops children from growing

2015-02-04

As promised, the Pope returned to the role of fathers in family life during his catechesis. He said that every family needs a father and that the role is irreplaceable.

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"Every family needs a father. Not a father who wants his son to be exactly like him, but is instead happy when his son learns to be honest and wise. That is what counts in life."

Francis said that good fathers should spend time with their wife and children. However, he added that being present isn't the same as being overbearing. 

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"Being around doesn't mean being overly controlling. Parents who override their children too often do not let them grow.”

According to the Pope, a father should be close to his children and, above all, patient.

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"Fathers need to have patience. Often all you can do is wait. Pray and wait."

Present, patient, and also firm. He said a father should help when a child fails at a difficult task without humiliating him.

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"Today's children, when they come home after failing at something, need a father who longs to protect and encourage them. He must also teach them how to follow the right path. Sometimes fathers must punish their children, but they shouldn't slap their child in the face.”

Lucia Annibali, a woman who suffered through one Italy's worst domestic violence incidents ever, was present. In April 2013, men sent by her ex-boyfriend deformed her face with acid.

At the end of the audience the Pope made a strong appeal for peace in Ukraine. He asked to pray for the victims and said that the conflict is a scandal because the two warring parties are Christians.


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