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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.

How Pope John Paul II's trip to Cuba resulted in a gift for the Cuban people

2015-09-13

Pope John Paul II was 78-years-old when he landed in Cuba, the same age Pope Francis will be when he arrives. However, the Polish pontiff was much weaker by that point after being Pope for about 20 years. Despite his weakness, he visited four provinces and gave 12 speeches.

"I am not against applause, because when you applause the Pope can rest a little bit.”

The Pope also met with Fidel Castro. The Cuban leader received him at the airport, attended Mass in Revolution Square in Havana, and wished the Pope farewell as he departed for Rome.

JOAQUÍN NAVARRO-VALLS
John Paul II Spokesman
"I remember the afternoon in which we had already ended the journey. We were at the airport to take the plane. Castro came to say, 'I appreciate everything you said in this country, even the things that you said with which I could not agree.' It is a very delicate and polite way of saying that naturally he could not have agreed with everything the Pope would have changed.

After the trip, Fidel Castro agreed to a request from Pope John Paul II: December 25th was made a holiday on the island. The trip directly caused the change, and Cubans cheerfully welcomed it.

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