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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 Vatican remains calm: Pope does not change his Holy Week schedule

2016-03-22

The Vatican spokesman has confirmed that the Pope maintains his schedule for Holy Week, during which he will participate in four major public ceremonies at the Vatican and at the Colosseum in Rome.

Security measures have been increased throughout Rome and the Vatican, although there are no signs of a threat.

Since the beginning of the Jubilee, security measures have been noticeably visible in order to control pilgrims entering the Vatican. In fact, many have criticized the measures because they have  hindered accessibility to the basilica.

Tomorrow, the Pope will have the general audience in St. Peter's Square. The number of pilgrims in attendance will give us a clue as to whether or not the fear of attacks will affect Easter in Rome.

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