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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.

Room in Vatican Museum gets face lift. Check out the treasures inside the Sala degli Indirizzi

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The Vatican Museums has re-opened one of its most famous rooms, the so called "Sala degli Indirizzi,” which roughly translates to the room of messages. After undergoing a two year restoration, it's now open for the world to see. 

GUIDO CORNINI
Vatican Museums
"Years ago, they used to store messages in that room, hence the name. Gifts and cards that dignitaries and heads of state would give to the Pope were kept there. So, everything from medals to diplomas and whatnot. The room represents the international reach of the Vatican's diplomatic relations.” 

The room has collections from the Vatican Library's Museum. Inside one can find chalices, patens and other liturgical items that go back centuries. 

One of the most unique objects is this crucifix. French King Louis XVI was actually clutching it, as he was sent to his death. 

GUIDO CORNINI
Vatican Museums
"It is a devotional crucifix. A small cross that was painted and showed the personal piety of Louis XVI.  He held it in his hands when he was incarceration during the French Revolution. He also held it on his way  from his cell to the gallows where he was killed.”

It was the last object he laid eyes on. He prayed with it, just moments before his execution. 

The room also houses objects from that era which belonged to Pope Pius VII, like this hat or this staff which he used for walking. The French Revolution erupted during his pontificate, but that very Pope,  is also known as the man who restored the Society of Jesus back in 1814. 


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