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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 John Paul II's Ferrari

2015-08-20

This is the only Ferrari Pope John Paul II was ever seen in. The image comes from the Pope's visit to the legendary Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy back in 1978. He later celebrated Mass at the Fiorano Circuit racetrack. Instead of traveling in the regular Popemobile that day, the Pope took a ride in one of the Ferraris that was waiting for him at the factory.

But that wasn't the Pope's only run-in with the world famous car company. In 2005, he was given an Enzo-model Ferrari as a gift. The story of that car began ten years ago and just recently came to a conclusion.

Only 400 Enzo-model Ferraris were ever manufactured, and the Pope received one of them. But he didn't use the car to get around Vatican City or to take joy rides at Castel Gandolfo. Instead, the pontiff asked that it be auctioned off and for all of the proceeds to benefit people who were recovering from the 2004 South Asian tsunami. The money was delivered to Pope Benedict XVI after Pope John Paul II's death.

An American collector paid almost one million dollars for the car then, and the full amount was donated to the victims. It's now been auctioned off again, this time in Mexico for six million dollars. 


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