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March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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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 at general audience: Mercy is what God likes the most

2015-12-09

A day after opening the Holy Door in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis explained at his general audience why he convened the Jubilee of Mercy.

He said that it wasn't simply something that would be good for the Church. Rather, it was necessary. First, he believes it's needed to show the world why forgiveness is important. And second, it shows people the strong desire that God has to forgive them.

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"The joy of God is forgiveness. God is mercy and that is why, this year, we must open our hearts so that this joy of God can fill us.”

The Pope added that the Church has the responsibility of showing the world God's closeness and that his principal characteristic is mercy. The Jubilee Year is a unique occasion to experience that mercy, he explained.

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"It means to learn that forgiveness and mercy are what God wishes for most. And it's what the world needs, above all, in this current moment in which so little is forgiven in society, in institutions, at work, and also in the family.”

Further, he suggested that work done to improve the structure of the Church must lead it to be a "shining city” that shows the mercy of God.

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"If we forget, even for a moment, that mercy is what God likes most, all efforts would be in vain because we would become enslaved to our institutions, to our structures, no matter how renewed they are.”

The Pope concluded by wishing that everyone would experience the closeness of God during the upcoming Holy Year. He recommended an important requirement: for sinners to repent. It is the first step, and its indispensable to open the doors of divine mercy.


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