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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.

Studying art inspires woman to become a nun


Sister Maria di Anima Christi left Holland 18 years ago to fulfill her dream of studying art history in Rome. She had no idea what would happen next.

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"Really, if someone had told me when I was 18 that someday I would be a nun, I would have said 'You're crazy.'"

She analyzed churches and artwork in Rome while in college. Eventually, she realized that what she was studying was more than art.

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"When I visited the churches to see paintings and statues, I noticed other people were praying in front of them. I began to see a vitality in the Church that I had never seen before."

In the end, Sister Mary decided to join the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. The congregation has male and female branches and was started in Argentina in 1984.

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"I was drawn to the lifestyle: daily worship, the habit, their studies to deepen their faith. I had a fourth vow of Marian devotion, of consecration to Our Lady."

Now Sister Mary lives in a convent in Rome, where she enjoys art and her vocation to the consecrated life.