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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: “Confession should not be torture”

2015-03-12

Participants in the Apostolic Penitentiary's annual course met with Pope Francis the day before the second anniversary of his election.

CARD. MAURO PIACENZA
Major Penitentiary
"I have the pleasure to extend a respectful and filial greeting that translates into prayer for him and the fruitfulness of his Petrine ministry on the eve of the anniversary of his election. Congratulations."

The Pope gave the panel of confession experts some tips on how to best administer the sacrament. He warned that neither moral laxity nor cold legal rigorism were actually merciful.

POPE FRANCIS
"The sacraments, as we know, put humans in a place of closeness and tenderness to God. Reconciliation certainly renders present with special efficacy the merciful face of God."

Pope Francis said that confession cannot be "an annoying and intrusive interrogation." Rather, he continued, it is a rich gathering of humanity in which one tries to repair the evil that has been done. The good confessor, said the Pope, knows he is a sinner. He told them to try as penitental brothers to "accompany” people on their way.


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