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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: 3.2 million and counting for the year 2015

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In 2015, the Vatican has had more than 3.2 million visitors participate in public meetings with Pope Francis. In 2014, the number of  visitors was 5.9 million. 

This data excludes other events with large participation of faithful and apostolic events within Rome. The Vatican collects data on the basis of the request for participation in the meetings with the Pope and invitations. 

"For me personally is a very special place because I'm Polish and John Paul II was here for a long time.”

"I think the Pope is great”.

"The Pope Francis for me is very close to the people and as he is a spanish speaker is very close to our people too and in Spain we have a very traditional catholic culture so it means a lot to be here right now, specially in Christmas time.”

In 2014, more than 5.9 million faithful followers participated. An important aspect to note was the canonizations of St John XXIII, St John Paul II and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. 

In 2013, more than 2.3 million people attended liturgical ceremonies at the Vatican. The figures only covered the appearances by Pope Francis following his election in March 13.