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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.

Gregory of Narek, an Armenian, appointed Doctor of the Church

2015-02-23

The Pope will appoint a new Doctor of the Church. It is the 10th century Armenian monk Gregory of Narek. He was a poet, philosopher and theologian.

It is a rare and important gesture. There are 35 other Doctors of the Church, total. Paul VI appointed two, John Paul II just one and Benedict XVI only two.

Doctors of the Church are saints whose teachings are considered valid for Catholics of all time.

Gregory of Narek was born in what is now  Turkey in 950. He died about 60 years later. The monk was passionate about music, astronomy, geometry, mathematics, literature, and theology.

He wrote beautiful comments to the Song of Solomon and his masterpiece is considered to be the 95 prayers from the Book of Lamentations. Many prayers are repeated in the ceremonies of the Armenian Church.

The last proclamation ceremony for new Doctors of the Church was in October 2012. Pope Benedict gave the title to Saint John of Avila and Saint Hildegard of Bingen.


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