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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.

What's the Pope's Christmas card like?

2015-12-24

Every year, Pope Francis releases his own Christmas card. It doesn't have a photo of him or his family. Rather, it focuses on the birth of Christ.

This year's image is "Virgin, Joseph and Child,” an etching from the 17th century Italian artist, Carlo Maratti.

Mary is looking toward the heavens while angels look down. The baby Jesus appears next to her. It's a stark change from last year. This one is filled with light and optimism, while last year's was more barren.

The back of the card has the Pope's signature, along with the papal shield. It says, "Rejoice in the day of our salvation.” It also notes that this is the Holy Year of Mercy, which may be the reason for the Pope's more optimistic choice in art.


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