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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.

When will the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux be canonized?

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There will soon be another two saints in the Catholic Church. On Saturday June 27th, Pope Francis is expected to announce the exact date when the parents of St.Therese of Lisieux will be canonized

Blessed Louis and Marie Guerin Martin were beatified back in 2008. Their canonization will take place during the Synod on the Family. The Pope's official calendar states that on October 18th, there will be a canonization. But he still needs to make it official with an announcement. 

They are believed to be the first married couple to be raised to the altars, together, during the same ceremony.  The fact that they will be canonized during the Synod of the Family, is a way to highlight the key role parents play in transmitting the faith to their children. 

The couple was married in France back in 1858. They had nine children, but four of them died. The other five entered religious life, including of course St. Therese of Lisieux, commonly referred to as the Little Flower. 

Pope Francis has a special devotion towards St. Therese. So much so that he has publicly acknowledged that he often pray to Therese, asking for her to not necessarily solve his problems, but to help him accept them. 

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