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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: 1,000 days, 8 powerful messages

2015-12-07

Pope Francis has now been pontiff for 1,000 days. Here are some of his most memorable quotes.

1. POVERTY
Just three days after becoming Pope, he summarized the beginning of his pontificate during an interview with journalists:


March 16, 2013
"How I wish for a Church that is poor and for the poor!”

2. MERCY
The next day, he revealed another central theme of his pontificate: a constant focus on the world of God's mercy.

March 17, 2013
"God understands us, he waits for us, he does not tire of forgiving us if we are able to return to him with a contrite heart.”

3. MAKING A MESS
The World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was Pope Francis' biggest challenge: it was his first great moment on the world stage, and expectations were high. And he ended up doing much more than anyone predicted.

July 25, 2013
"But I want there to be a mess in the diocese, I want you to go outside. I want the Church out in the street.”

4. - JUDGEMENT
On the plane back from Brazil, during his first press conference, he was asked his opinion about gays in the Church. He called on people to not judge others.

July 28, 2013
"I think that when you encounter a person like this, you must make a distinction between the fact of a person being gay from the fact of being a lobby, because lobbies, all are not good. That is bad. If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?”


5.- PEACE
A year later, in addition to the wars in Syria and Ukraine, there arose a new crisis between Israelis and Palestinians. The Pope, visibly shocked, delivered the most painful message of peace that he had made so far. 


July 27, 2015
"I think mostly of the children, of those who are deprived of the hope for a dignified life, of a future: dead children, wounded children, maimed children, orphaned children, children who have the remnants of war as toys, children who do not know how to smile. Stop, please! I ask you with all my heart. It is time to stop! Stop, please!”


6.- ABUSE
Pope Francis followed the path created by Pope Benedict XVI in responding to cases of child abuse. In July 2014, he invited several victims to the Vatican to hear them and personally apologize. They also celebrated Mass together.

July 7, 2014
"Before God and his people I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness.”

7.- FAMILY
Pope Francis has focused most of his weekly general audiences on rediscovering the value of family: not only in the Church but in society. He has said that the family is the first school, the first hospital, the first place where we learn what love is. 

July 6, 2015
"The family is the nearest hospital, the first school for the young, the best home for the elderly. The family constitutes the best "social capital”. It cannot be replaced by other institutions. It needs to be helped and strengthened, lest we lose our proper sense of the services which society as a whole provides.”

8.- GOOD VIBES
We could not miss it, because it is his most used phrase. Whenever he must say goodbye, Pope Francis asks people to pray for him. And if they're not believers...

July 9, 2015
"Send me good vibes. Thank you.”

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