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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 calls Jubilee of Mercy to “comfort every man and woman of our time”

2015-03-13

The Pope used a penitential meeting at the Vatican to make one of the most important announcements of his pontificate: the call for a Jubilee.

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"I have often thought about how the Church can do more to make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy. It is a path that begins with a spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to convene a special jubilee focused on God's mercy. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”

In history there have been only 28 Jubilees. The last one was called by John Paul II in 2000, and before that he also called one in 1983. This one will begin on December 8 and will end on November 20, 2016.

POPE FRANCIS
"I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this jubilee joy to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to comfort every man and woman of our time.”

Minutes before announcing the jubilee, he stressed in his homily the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He said, "God always forgives and never gets tired of forgiving.”

The Pope invited people to confession and, leading by example, confessed himself. Then he heard confessions from several people at the same place that Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI once confessed.


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