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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's Twitter @Pontifex increased by 9 times the followers with Francis

2016-03-30

Pope Francis has increased his Twitter followers ninefold on the @Pontifex account during his three years of Pontificate. This is confirmed by a SM Reputation study, a project born at the University of Navarra in Spain, which analyzes the impact of the Pope's social network.

When the account was turned over to Francis, which released a few months prior, he had 3 million followers. Now, there are more than 27 million between his nine accounts, thus increasing at a rate of 600,000 new followers a month.

Pope Francis' nationality has favorably influenced the impact of the Spanish account, which is followed by 4 out of 10 total followers. This surpasses the English account with 11 million followers.

After the Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian accounts, the Polish account, has experienced tremendous growth since the Pope announced that he would host the next World Youth Day in Krakow.

Among his talked-about issues, 40% of the tweets mention "God” or "Jesus,” but there is another word that has gained weight in recent months: mercy. Other repeated words include "Syria,” "Iraq” or "planet.”

The voice of the Pope is not only seen by his followers, but has spread to other Twitter users. This is because his messages have achieved 34 million retweets.

Out of the social network, Francis is the most followed religious leader in the world, and as for his status as head of state, only Barack Obama exceeds him in followers.



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