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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: Grandparents provide important lessons for young people

2015-03-11

Pope Francis began his weekly general audience by discussing the elderly's role in the family and society. He said that he has first-hand experience with the topic.

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"When I was in the Philippines, Filipinos, the inhabitants of the Philippines, the Filipino people greeted me saying 'Lolo Kiko', that is 'Grandfather Francis.'"

The Pope acknowledged that aging can be difficult. It has challenges, but it also elevates spirituality. He said that it isn't a time to give up and relax, but instead is a time to be creative. 

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"We, the elderly, can remind young ambitious people that a life without love is arid. We can say to young people who are afraid that anxiety about the future can be beaten. We can teach young people too in love with themselves that there is more joy in giving than in receiving. "

The Pope said with sadness that there are cynical elders who "despise the young" because they have lost sight of the value of their testimony  experience to their grandchildren. 

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"The words of grandparents have something special for young people. And they know it. The words that my grandmother wrote for me on the day of my ordination, I still carry them with me in the breviary."

Pope Francis concluded his catechesis with a profound reflection: "How I wish that the Church could overcome the throwaway culture and promote the joyful reunion and mutual acceptance of different generations."


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