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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 at Mass with priests: The good shepherd does not ask them to pay "overtime"

2016-06-03

The highlight of the Jubilee dedicated to priests was celebrated in St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis presided at a Mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

He reminded the priests that despite their many occupations they should not let their hearts drift away from God.

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"Amid all these, we must still ask ourselves: What is my heart set on, where is it directed, what is the treasure that it seeks? For as Jesus says: 'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.'”

Pope Francis gave the priests who work on several fronts advice, which was summed up in three words: seek out, include and rejoice.

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"The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God himself goes out in search of his sheep. Without delaying, he leaves the pasture and his regular workday... and he doesn't ask to be paid for the extra hours."

The good priest, the Pope went on to explain, does not exclude anyone and is not afraid to get his hands dirty if that means none of the sheep of his flock perish.

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"With a father’s loving gaze and heart, he welcomes and includes everyone, and if at times he has to correct, it is to draw people closer. He stands apart from no one, but is always ready to dirty his hands. The good shepherd should not own gloves."

Finally, the Pope said the third aspect that should guide the life of a priest is joy. He said it is a joy that comes from knowing that nothing is more powerful than the love of God, which they transmit freely to others and it holds them in times of difficulty.


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