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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.

The Pope writes to the children: “As a child, I would dance as a form of expressing joy”

2016-02-26

Pope Francis, what did you want to be when you were eight-years-old, like me? Asked Basia, a Polish girl and the Pope responds:

I must confess one thing. At your age, I wanted to be a butcher. I went with my grandmother to the market and noticed a friendly butcher. He was big and fat and had a huge apron with a large pocket. It was full of money and I thought he was super rich.

Conversations like these can be found in 'L'amore del mondo' or 'Dear Pope Francis,'where Pope Francis responds to letters written by children from around the world.

Eight-year-old, Tom from Great Britain asks a question:
"What was the most difficult choice you made in your mission?”

The Pope replied:
"To say goodbye to someone. I like to trust people, people that are closest to me like collaborators. I feel bad if I have to let someone go, but sometimes it must be done for the good of all.”

Six-year-old, Prajla from Albania asks, "when you were little, did you like to dance?"

-”I loved it! I liked being with other children and going out to dance our typical Argentinian dances. And the tango. Dancing is expressing joy and happiness. Dance when you are young because those who don't tend to be too serious when they get older.”

It's not the first time that Pope Francis speaks directly to children. He has listened and responded to their curious questions on many occasions. This happened at the beginning of his pontificate in the Vatican.

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- "But you, do you want to be Pope?"
- "But you know that a person who wants to be Pope, does not love himself, God will not bless him. I did not want to be Pope.”

And then this happened in his recent trip to Mexico.

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"Keep being creative, keep it up, looking for the beauty, the good things, the things that last forever and never be trampled by anyone. Is that clear?"

This book will forever leave its imprint on childhood curiosities and the Pope's responses to them.

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