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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's Angelus: It's blasphemous to use violence in God's name

2015-11-16

During the Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and expressed his closeness to the French people, particularly those who lost loved ones.

The Pope also offered a pointed criticism of those who use violence in the name of religion.

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"Such barbarity leaves us shocked and we wonder how the human heart can conceive and create such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the whole world. Faced with such acts, one can only condemn the unspeakable affront to human dignity. I want to reaffirm strongly that the path of violence and hatred does not solve the problems of humanity and those who use God's name to justify that path are committing blasphemy!”

Moments before, the Pope explained that following God is the best way to survive through the difficult moments in life.

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"Even to this day there is no shortage of natural and moral disasters, adversity and hardships of all kinds. Everything passes-the Lord reminds us- only He and His word remain as a guiding light, reviving our steps and always forgiving us, because He is with us.”

The Pope then led the thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square as they recited a Hail Mary. He said, "We ask her to protect us and to watch over the beloved French nation.”

Toward the end of his remarks, Pope Francis also mentioned Fr. Paula Victor, a former slave from Brazil who was beatified over the weekend. Despite being a priest, he still faced discrimination, even from his own parish. The Pope described him as a model for other priests who "especially distinguished himself for his great humility.”


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