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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.

When Popes and U.S. Presidents collide

2015-09-14

Although the White House is more than 200 years old, just two Popes have ever stepped foot inside. When Pope Francis visits Washington, he'll become the third

The first sitting U.S. President to meet a reigning Pope was Woodrow Wilson. He saw Pope Benedict XV at Vatican City in 1919. It wasn't until forty years later that another meeting like it would happen. In 1959, Pope John XXIII and President Dwight Eisenhower met.

However, the meetings have since become a tradition. Almost every president since Eisenhower has held multiple meetings with the leader of the Catholic Church.

John F. Kennedy, the only Catholic president, visited Pope Paul VI at Vatican City. Two years later, the same Pope became the first one to visit the United States. While there, he met with JFK's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson in New York.

Pope John Paul II revolutionized the relationship between the U.S. and the Vatican. Formal relations were established during the Reagan administration, and he had 15 meetings with Presidents. 

The Polish pontiff was also the first one to visit the White House, when he met with President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Pope Benedict XVI famously celebrated his birthday at the White House in 2008. He took in a classical music performance and was given a special cake by President George W. Bush.

Bush's successor, Barack Obama, has only met Pope Francis once. But he has spoken highly of him several times, and the two will deepen their relationship when they have an intimate meeting inside the Oval Office.


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