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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 encourages Christians worldwide to pray for Catholics in China

2015-05-23

Catholics in China have a very uncertain future. Despite the country's cordial exchanges with the Vatican, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that religions in the country should be "Chinese” and cannot have foreign influence.

So, for example, the Pope cannot appoint bishops or influence Chinese Catholics.

Pope Francis recently said that the Church will once again remember and pray for Chinese Catholics on May 24th. 

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"We too will ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be always credible witnesses of this merciful love among their fellow citizens and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter upon whom the Church is built.”

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI started the Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

In a letter to Chinese Catholics, he said that every May 24th, Catholics from throughout the world will pray for them . He assured them that "your sufferings past and present for the Holy Name of Jesus and your intrepid loyalty to his Vicar on earth will be rewarded, even if at times everything can seem a failure.”

There are 12 million Catholics in China. They are divided between the underground Church, which is loyal to Rome and the Chinese Patriotic Church, which is ruled by Beijing.


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