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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: When you help the sick, are you afraid to touch them?


Pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square on Sunday for Pope Francis' Angelus prayer. This week, the Pope asked the crowd to reflect on how to help the needy. He said that those who help the poor cannot be afraid to touch them.

"If we are to be imitators of Christ before the poor or the sick, we should not be afraid to look the afflicted person in the eye, and be close to the suffering person with tenderness and compassion.”

Pope Francis said that just as evil is contagious, so is goodness. He added that all Christians are called to be instruments of God's love.

"We must allow good to fill us. Let us be infected by goodness, and let us spread the good contagion.”

The Pope greeted those who attended the Consistory of cardinals and accompanied the new cardinals as they received their new positions.

"I appreciate the presence of official delegations from various countries who were present at this event."

And here is the applause that the 20 new cardinals, coming from 14 different countries, received.