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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 invites refugees to sit with him at the general audience

2016-06-22

Pope Francis moved refugees to the center of his preaching, when he made this group sit next to him during the weekly general audience.

He preached about one of the miracles of Christ.  It was the healing of a leper who approaches Jesus, despite the social norms of the time which excluded them.

At the same, Pope Francis said, this happens today with other groups of people.

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"Touch the excluded. Today these guys accompany me. Many of them think that it is better if they remain in their land, but there they suffered a lot. They are our refugees, but many are considered excluded. Please, they are our brothers. The Christian does not exclude anyone; he offers a place for everyone; he has room for everyone. Allow them to come to you."

On a more spiritual note, the Pope recalled the humble attitude of the leper of the Gospel, kneeling, asking for Christ healing. He recommended imitating his example.

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""Jesus never remains indifferent to prayers with humility and confidence. He rejects all human prejudices, is portrayed nearby to teach us that we should not be afraid to reach out and touch the poor and the excluded, because the same Christ is residing in them.”

The Pope said that contact with the needy cleanses the hypocrisy that exist in each person.

This was the last general audience before the summer break. Pope Francis will resume these weekly meetings in August.


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