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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.

Rome reopens to the public a "Sistine Chapel" of the Middle Ages

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Santa Maria Antigua reopens its doors to the public after more than 30 years of restoration work. It was located in what would be the Manhattan of today, more than 1000 years ago in the Roman Forum.

The earthquake that buried it in 847 kept its interior intact until its discovery in 1900 by archaeologist, Giacomo Boni.

GIULIA BORDI
Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua
"A church, that was a kind of fossil of its time, since it had not suffered any kind of transformation that churches often go through over time, has been found. After the discovery, it has been given this name: the Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages, because it retains a repertoire of paintings that is not found anywhere else.”

The basilica is from the sixth century. The paintings reflect early Christian faith, but are well established in the heart of Western culture. They commemorate the fathers of the church and the saints of the first six centuries- especially the Virgin Mary.

"It's all so big. One cannot imagine how it must have been. "

"The lighting effects used bring the paintings back to life.”

One of the things that tourists have like most is how the new technologies recreate the paintings that time has erased. It is a way to help imagine how one of Rome's most popular churches of the Late Middle Ages was


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