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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.

August 2015: Pope Francis assures that divorced who remarry are not excommunicated

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Although it was August, the Pope decided not to go on a trip during the traditional Italian vacation month. For his third summer as Pope, he stayed in Rome.

After a short break in July, he held another general audience with the pilgrims from all over the world. He also led the weekly Angelus prayer.

The Pope returned to his regular duties by hosting 9,000 altar boys from different parts of the world. He reminded them that faith must not be kept a secret. On the contrary,  faith must be shared with others.

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August 4
"How beautiful it is to discover that faith brings us out of ourselves, out of our isolation. Precisely because we are filled with the joy of being friends with Jesus Christ, faith draws us toward others, making us natural missionaries!”

Three days later, he was again surrounded by young people. While meeting with the Eucharistic Youth Movement, he told them to not become "old” young people.

POPE FRANCIS
August 7
"Tension makes us grow, it develops courage. Young people must have this virtue, of courage. A young person without courage is a young person without life, an old youth. How is tension resolved? With dialogue!”

During August, the Pope prepared for two important events after the summer break. The first being his trip to the United States and Cuba and the second, being the Synod on the Family.

That's why Pope Francis continued with his catechesis on the family. During his August 5th audience, he spoke about those who divorce and later remarry.

POPE FRANCIS
August 5
"These persons are by no means excommunicated — they are not excommunicated! — and they should absolutely not be treated as such: they are still a part of the Church.”

The general audiences were moved into Paul VI Hall due to the extremely high temperatures in the Eternal City. The Pope also held the 100th general audience of his pontificate during August.

Again Pope Francis showed his concern for the growing violence around the world. He made a forceful call for world peace.

POPE FRANCIS
August 9
"From every corner one voice must rise: No to war! Yes to dialogue! Yes to peace! With war everyone always loses. The only way to win a war is to not fight one.” 

In Europe, the refugee crisis deepened. Thousands of people, the majority from Syria and Iraq, attempted to reach countries like Austria and Germany. One tragedy was when a bus was found with 71 refugees who had died from lack of oxygen. 

POPE FRANCIS
August 30
"We hope each receives the mercy of God. And to Him, we ask to help us cooperate effectively to stop this crimes that are against our entire humanity.”

Pope Francis asked the international community to stop the violence against Christians. He reiterated that today there are more martyrs than during the early days of the Church.


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