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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.

Vatican welcomes leaders of different faiths, to mark key anniversary

2015-10-28

It was 50 years ago, back in 1965 that the Catholic Church broke ground by starting a new chapter in its approach to non-Christian religions. 

The declaration titled 'Nostra Aetate' was issued by the Second Vatican Council, to re-direct the Church's attitude towards Judaism.   

RABBI DAVID ROSEN 
American Jewish Congress
"Nostra Aetate is a document that emerged out of the concern of St. John XXIII to transform the relationship with the Jewish people. That was its primary motivation. To address the relationship with the Church and the Jewish people.” 

To mark the anniversary, representatives from several religions attended the Pope's weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. Even though the original purpose of the document was to improve the relationship with the Jewish people, a domino effect quickly followed

RASOUL RASOULIPOUR
Muslim Representative
"So we are privileged to see the document which was originally a new approach, transformation for Judaism, extended to Muslims and also Eastern religions.” 

From that document, the Vatican's inter-religous meetings in Assisi, gave rise. Led by the Pope, leaders from different religions meet under one same roof. 

To mark the anniversary, the Vatican also launched an International Congress in Rome
 
SWAMI CHIDANANDA 
Hindi Representative
"What we learn from books, videos or the internet, it’s nothing actually. When we sit together with the leaders of other religions to hear directly from Rabbis, representatives of Islam, Jainism and others, it's way above learning from other media.” 

Big improvements have been made since the document was issued. But the Pope reiterated that much more still needs to be done to foster mutual collaboration and respect. 


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