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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 on Scandals: I ask for forgiveness on behalf of the Church

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Pope Francis started off his weekly general audience by making his way through St. Peter's Square on the popemobile, blessing crowds every few minutes. 

The day's Gospel reading dealt with avoiding sin. Before giving his catechesis, the Pope asked for forgiveness for the scandals of the Church, though he didn't specify exactly what matter he was referring to.  

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"Before starting the catechesis, on behalf of the Church, I want to ask for forgiveness for the scandals of the Church, be it in Rome or in the Vatican. I ask for forgiveness.”

Keeping in line with the theme of the family, the Pope focused on why it's key for parents to foster the faith of their children. That includes not trying to take the place of God. 

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"Children's spontaneous trust in God should never be violated, especially through the presumptuous notion that we can substitute the Lord.”

Among the thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, there was a group of 33 miners from Chile. The miners were trapped underground for 70 days back in 2010.  The Pope thanked them for their courage and for keeping hope alive. 

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"I think that any one of you could come up here and tells us what hope is all about. Thank you for trusting in God.”

Since the Synod of the family is currently  underway, with hundreds of Bishops from all over the world, the Pope also asked for prayers as Bishops discuss how the Church can improve its outreach to broken families. 


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