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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 meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

2015-02-23

Pope Francis met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the second time. They discussed a wide range of topics during their forty minute meeting.

The two exchanged views on environmental conservation, women's rights, fighting poverty, and an upcoming international summit to be held in Germany later this year.

Ukraine, however, was at the center of their talk. The German chancellor speaks Russian fluently and has played a major role in mediating the relationship between Russia and Europe. The Pope strongly encouraged Merkel to help find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine.  

Merkel received from the Pope a medallion of St. Martin. It depicts the saint removing his cloak so he can give it to the poor.

"I like to give this to the heads of state, because it reminds them it is their duty to protect the poor in society.”

"We try to do our best.”

Merkel gave a donation to help refugee children in the Middle East. She also gifted the Pope a CD collection of Johann Sebastian Bach's music.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with Merkel after her audience with Pope Francis. They were joined by Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Richard Gallagher. 


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