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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.

What's the Pope doing this summer? Check it out

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Traditionally Popes limit their public engagements during July and August. They often retreat to Castel Gandolfo, which is about 15 miles from the Vatican and is an ideal place to avoid the harsh summer heat in Rome. 

Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI often went there to rest. But Pope Francis is a bit different. He likes to stay at the Vatican.

FR. GUILLERMO KARCHER
Pontifical Ceremonies
"He rests in his own way. But he doesn't go on vacation if that's the fundamental question. He doesn't understand the concept of vacation and he sympathizes with many people, especially these days, who can't go on vacation, so this should also be taken into account.”

In fact, Pope Francis hasn't spent a single night in Castel Gandolfo, not even after an exhausting trip to Latin America. His aids say that the trip didn't seem to take a toll. 

FR. GUILLERMO KARCHER
Pontifical Ceremonies
"I moved over to him, I got close and asked, 'How are you?' And he was working. In Italian we would say 'fresco e pimpante.' That is, he really feels splendid, fit, and unfazed by the time change, or the temperature, or the long hours on planes."


The Pope will resume his general audiences in August and in September he is expected to resume his full schedule. In the meantime, he will spend a good portion of his time seeing people in private and preparing for his next commitments, especially his trip to Cuba and the United States



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