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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.

Court sides with Knights of Columbus over Jesus statue on public land

2015-11-06

In the 1950s, the Knights of Columbus built a memorial to American soldiers who died in World War II. The statue depicts Jesus and was built on Big Mountain in Montana.

It's become a cultural landmark, and it's known as "Big Mountain Jesus.”

The Knights received permission from the government to keep the statue there, and they have maintained it for decades. 

In 2012, an organization called the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued to have the statue permanently removed. This came after tens of thousands of people voiced their support for the statue after the Knights' permit was almost not renewed.

The Knights of Columbus, supported by an organization called the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, defended the memorial.

The following year, a lower court ruled in favor of the Knights. However, the others appealed the ruling.

And just recently, the higher court once again ruled in favor of the statue. Because of its cultural and historical importance, it can remain on the mountain. The Knights plan to keep maintaining it for decades to come.


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