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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 Francis set to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome in January

2015-11-17

Pope Francis plans to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17th. He had been formally invited by the Chief Rabbi and Jewish community of Rome.

It's the third time a Pope has gone to the site. Pope John Paul II made history when he first visited in 1986, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in 2010.

RICCARDO DI SEGNI
Chief Rabbi, Rome
"Relations with Pope Francis are good. We would like to maintain and grow them.”

The Jewish community in Rome has good memories of Pope John Paul II's visit, and they also generally approve of Pope Francis.

The Argentine pontiff had a strong friendship with the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. During his trip to the Holy Land, one of the most powerful gestures came when the Pope hugged his Jewish and Muslim friends before the Wailing Wall.

POPE FRANCIS
October 28, 2015
"The world calls on us believers, to give effective answers on so many issues. Peace, hunger, the misery that affects millions of people.”

After the Second Vatican Council, the Church's relations with the Jewish community have been guided by the document "Nostrae Aetate.” It calls for universal brotherhood among people of all faiths.


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