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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: Big cities can be great...but they can also seed unhappiness

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The importance of the laity in the Church: This was the focus on weekend audience between leaders of different lay groups and Pope Francis. Among those in attendance was the co-initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Arguello. The founder of the Community of Sant' Egidio, Andrea Riccardi was also there, as well as Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement. 

They all reflected on the best way to evangelize in major metropolitan cities, where often times Christian values clash with popular culture. 

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"Urban life has a strong impact on the mentality, culture, way of life, inter personal relationships and the religiosity of people.” 

The Pope also spoke out against the social exclusion the marginalized often face in urban cities. 

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"Cities offer great opportunities, but they also pose great risks. They can become the base of freedom and personal fulfillment, but also horrible places of 'dehumanization' and unhappiness. It seems that along with citizens, there are so called 'non-citizens.' Invisible people, the poor who live without human warmth.” 

The Pope then added that to overcome secularization and social exclusion, the laity must receive a complete formation. He added that they  are called to play a key role in the Church. Especially because when the laity lives out its faith consistently and publicly,  the social impact is beyond measure. 


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