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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.

Iraqi Kurdistan prime minister asks Pope Francis to encourage international community


Pope Francis met with Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani at the Apostolic Palace. The two primarily discussed the humanitarian crisis in the prime minister's homeland.

Kurdistan is the only region in Iraq where thousands of Christian families have found safety from the Islamic State. Barzani said this has placed incredible stress on his government.

The prime minister asked Pope Francis to encourage the international community to provide more assistance to Kurdistan.

Following their meeting, the Pope made a common request. But he was surprised by the answer, and both men smiled.

"Pray for me. I need it.”

"No, no.”

"Yes! Yes! Don't forget.”

During his Angelus prayer the day before, the Pope denounced the "intolerable brutality” of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.