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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.

Vatican hosts conference on morality of regenerative medicine

2016-04-26

On Friday, Pope Francis will meet with participants in a congress of scientists about the morality of new research in regenerative medicine.

In addition to researchers and experts, the Congress is open to professionals from other fields, including politicians. As such, among the speakers, is Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.

CARD. GIANFRANCO RAVASI
President, Pontifical Council for Culture
"The point of this Congress is to remember that medicine, in the noble sense of the word, is not only a biological, but a cultural issue."

In medicine, the end doesn't always justify the means. Sometimes to find solutions to serious diseases, like Parkinson's, scientific research has raised serious moral and ethical conflicts. One of the best-known cases is the experimentation with embryonic stem cells.

Currently, one of the fields under further investigation is gene therapy. It is an experimental therapy consisting of manipulation of the genome of an individual to cure diseases.

ROBIN SMITH
President, The Stem for Life Foundation
"We want to inspire a true international conversation, one that unites people of all races, all religious beliefs, cultures and economic backgrounds in the cellular revolution."

The conference will begin Thursday, April 28 and end Friday, April 30. This is the third edition of this meeting and the second time it's being held at the Vatican. The first was in 2011, during the pontificate of Benedict XVI.


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