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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

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The hug between Pope Francis and an indigenous Mexican

2015-12-17

Pope Francis will travel to Mexico in February. But some Mexicans have already decided to visit him at the Vatican first.

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"I see that there are many Mexicans here!”

That's the case with these humble artisans, Simona and Catalina. They come from Chiapas, one of the regions the Pope will visit next year.

SIMONA GÓMEZ LÓPEZ
"Well, I'm very emotional and happy. I never thought I would meet the Pope.”

CATALINA SÁNCHEZ PÉREZ
"It was a blessing for me, that moment which I could greet him in. We gave him a handmade, artisanal tablecloth.”

The tablecloth was designed with the colors of the Pope's football team, San Lorenzo. Simona, for her part, gave him a clay pigeon that symbolized peace.

The two women didn't come to the Eternal City just to see Pope Francis. They were also joined by the governor of Chiapas for the opening of a new exhibit on Mexican artisans at the Vatican Museums.

The lively colors in these images and paintings got the attention of visitors and tourists. They had no idea that their bags and bracelets would be displayed alongside some of the greatest art in history.


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