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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.

What are three Hare Krishna doing at the Vatican?

2015-11-15

Among the many pilgrims who filled the streets after Pope Francis' general audience, these three men did not go unnoticed.

"We came to Rome to distribute books and inform people of Vedic culture, which is not very different from the message of Jesus.”

These three young men are from Hare Krishna, a spirituality that looks at Christianity with respect and also admires some of its biggest figures.

"We feel great respect for Pope Francis and for all representatives of any religion. Everyone needs a spiritual master and he is the representative of the Lord Himself. He tells us how we should behave to achieve life after death.”

And not only did they acknowledge their admiration for the Pope but they also praised other figures such as the Saint Teresa of Avila in Spain. One of them even participated in an homage to her around the time of her 500th birthday.

"Because the way of religion is not only a path of flowers, there are also thorns. In those thorns, we abandon the ego. She professed great love and affection for the message of Jesus.”

Although their presence drew the attention of pilgrims and tourists, the relationship between the Church and the Eastern religions has improved considerably in recent years. An important moment came during the World Day of Prayer for Peace, which was convened by John Paul II in the Italian town of Assisi in 1986.  More recently, Pope Francis also called other religious leaders to the Vatican to sign a global agreement against human trafficking.


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