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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.

Two great confessors chosen for the Jubilee of Mercy: Saint Pio and Saint Leopold

2015-09-29

If one moment, gesture, or image could represent the Jubilee of Mercy, it would be the Sacrament of Confession.

POPE FRANCIS
"God understands us. He waits for us. He does not get tired of forgiving us if we repent and go to him with a truly open heart.”

Lent will be one of the key parts of the Jubilee Year. It's a period when Catholics can examine their lives, a period of conversion.
 
POPE FRANCIS
"So many people need their wounds healed! This is the mission of the Church.”

Next year Lent begins on February 10th and the Vatican is currently studying how to enhance the confessional, when it becomes one of the key places in the Church.

One idea: The remains of two of the great confessors of all time will be brought to St. Peter's Basilica: Saint Leopold and Saint Pio.

FR. CARLO CALLONI
General Postulator OFM Capuchin 
"Padre Pio was haunted by demons. He beat them precisely because he reconciled with God. Those who went to confession to St. Leopold sometimes were puzzled to see an empty chair and Saint Leopold on his knees in the place of the penitent, to listen and help them feel welcomed.”

Both saints confessors were Capuchins and lived through the worst moments of the 20th century: both World Wars. Their holiness was so well known that people lined up to confess before them.

Pope Francis hopes that both of them become some of the main examples of the Year of Mercy. They won't be the only ones but will be important: First to remind pilgrims of the importance of confession, and second for priests, to follow their example.

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