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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.

What is the role of the Catholic Church in a secularized age?


The West is becoming more and more secularized. Church attendance in the U.S and Europe is in decline, which begs the question, what is the role of the Catholic Church in a secularized age? 

A Secular Age, Author 
"You can’t behave in the 21st century present day world, as you did say in the 15th century, in Europe.”

Canadian Professor Charles Taylor is author of the book 'A Secular Age.' He is one of many speakers who will take part in a two day conference in Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, starting on Wednesday March 4th. The goal is to look at how the Church can renew itself and get its message across, amid a secularized world. 

Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (USA) 
"All of these things are not dictated mathematically. They are unique. It’s reaching out to others, it’s helping, it’s doing.” 

The cultural shift isn't unprecedented. It was also seen back in the 60's during the cultural revolution. Most recently, there's also been a social change. Now, technology and social media is also part of the mix. 

Experts say, that while young people tend to say they're spiritual and not necessarily religious, they have an underlying theme in common with the Church. 

Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (USA)
"There is a search for being able to do something good, something creative, to make my life worthwhile. I’ve done something, I’ve contributed something.”

The two day conference, which is part of the Vatican's Court of the Gentiles initiative, will bring together experts from Canada, the U.S the Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and of course, from the Vatican. 

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