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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 is the Pardon of Assisi?

2015-08-03

During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis talked about the Pardon of Assisi, asking Catholics to go to Confession.

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"Today we remember the Pardon of Assisi. It is a strong call to approach the Lord in the Sacrament of Mercy and also to receive Communion. Some people are afraid to approach the confessional, forgetting that they are not meeting a strict judge, but instead an immensely merciful Father.”

But what exactly is the Pardon of Assisi? It's the possibility to receive a plenary indulgence during the first two days of August.

The tradition dates back to 1216. On August 1st, Christ, Our Lady, and angels appeared before St. Francis of Assisi in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels. During the appearance, Saint Francis asked God to grant the indulgence to all pilgrims who visit the church dedicated to Our Lady. God granted it.

The next day, St. Francis asked Pope Honorius III for his approval. He agreed.

For centuries, the indulgence could only be received in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels. But it is now possible to receive it in all Franciscan churches, and all the parish churches in Assisi. Of course, the conditions must all be met: Communion, Confession and praying for the Pope's intentions.


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