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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 on Mother Teresa's nuns killed in Yemen: They are the martyrs of today

2016-03-07

During the Angelus, the Pope recalled the murder of 4 Missionaries of Charity nuns in Yemen. He especially regretted that the crime did not get any media coverage.

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"These are the martyrs of today! They are not on the front page of newspapers, they are not news. They are the people who give blood for the Church. These people are the victims of those who have murdered them but also of the indifference, of this global indifference of those who do not care."

The nuns were killed along with twelve other people in the nursing home where they worked.

The Pope sent his condolences Friday to the missionary and said he felt a deep sadness for the murder which he called, "an act of senseless and diabolical violence." He said he hoped that from now on the two parties will lay down their arms and engage in dialogue. The war in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, began almost a year ago. It has killed about 9,000 people and displaced almost one million.

During the Angelus, Pope Francis also reflected on the parable of the prodigal son. He explained that God is a merciful father who does not get tired of waiting.

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"The mistakes we make, even if they are large, do not harm the fidelity of his love. Through the sacrament of reconciliation, we can always start over."

Finally, he expressed thanks for the joint initiative of the Community of Sant'Egidio, the Waldensian and Methodist Church, and the Evangelical Churches for providing an asylum in Italy for 100 Syrian refugees.

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