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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 convenes a Jubilee of Mercy

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On the two-year anniversary of his election, Pope Francis announced a surprise Holy Year of Mercy. The "extraordinary” Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica on December 8, and it will end on November 20, 2016. 

Since 1300, there have been 28 jubilees. Twenty-four were ordinary and just four extraordinary. This will be the fifth. Ordinary jubilees are held every 25 years. The last one took place in 2000. Extraordinary jubilees occurs only when a Pope calls for one, as Pope Francis just has.

The Pope wants the Church to show a stronger type of mercy. The Jubilee will also take part on the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.


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