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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.

Our Lady of Fatima will travel to Syria to support refugees and oppressed people

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By request of Syrian bishops, Our Lady of Fatima will travel from Portugal to Syria on September 7th. It's the same day that Pope Francis held a day of fasting and prayer in St. Peter's Square, two years ago.

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"Forgiveness, dialogue, reconciliation – these are the words of peace, in beloved Syria, in the Middle East, in all the world.”

Monsignor Antonio Marto, the Portuguese bishop whose jurisdiction includes Fatima, said that the visit will symbolically oppose fanaticism and violence. During one of the annual pilgrimages made to the sanctuary, he denounced international organizations for being silent while entire Christian populations are being eliminated.

Since 2011, Syria has been consumed by a civil war with no end in sight. The Islamic State has taken over large swaths of the country. Three million Syrian refugees left the country, while another 6.5 million are internally displaced.

The image that will travel to Syria, as is often the case, is not the one which is actually in the sanctuary, where the apparitions took place. Instead, it's a "pilgrim” image that travels throughout the world to encourage devotion.

The apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima will have happened 100 years ago in 2017. The sanctuary is one of the most important ones in the Catholic world.


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