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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 delivers emotional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing in St. Peter's Square

2015-12-25

Thousands of pilgrims were in St. Peter's Square to hear Pope Francis' third "Urbi et Orbi” Christmas blessing. Like the previous two, this one included the Pope's personal touch.

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"Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas!"

While Christmas is one of the most joyful days in Christianity, the Pope didn't fail to acknowledge the challenges that humanity faces. Those suffering from war, especially refugees, were on his mind.

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"My thoughts also turn to those affected by brutal acts of terrorism, particularly the recent massacres which took place in Egyptian airspace, in Beirut, Paris, Bamako and Tunis. May our closeness today be felt by those who are most vulnerable, especially child soldiers, women who suffer violence, and the victims of human trafficking and the drug trade. Nor may our encouragement be lacking to all those fleeing extreme poverty or war, travelling all too often in inhumane conditions and not infrequently at the risk of their lives."

It was a beautiful scene in St. Peter's Square, with the Vatican's Christmas tree and Nativity scene prominently displaced, and thousands of pilgrims there to get a chance to see the Pope.


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