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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.

President of Iran will finally visit Pope Francis in the Vatican

2016-01-25

The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, was originally set to meet with Pope Francis in mid November of 2015. However, that meeting was canceled due to the terrorist attacks that took place on the November 13th in Paris, France. 

Tomorrows long awaited meeting will be historic, indeed. It will mark the first visit by an Iranian president since Mohammad Khatami attended St. John Paul II’s funeral in 2005. Khatami also previously met St John Paul II in Rome in 1999.

Although the Holy See and Iran have had their differences in the past, there is a growing awareness for a collaboration with Iran in the international effort to counter extremist groups and pursue an advantageous economic relationship in 2016 and beyond.

Currently, the Vatican holds a better diplomatic relation with Iran than other countries in the Middle East.

As both leaders prepare to discuss the Islamic and the Christian worlds, there is hope for an alliance between Iran and the Vatican. 

Given the recent attention the country has received, the meeting will prove that much more interesting.


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