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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 at Angelus of the Assumption addresses women subjected to sexual and labor exploitation

2016-08-16

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis spoke of the suffering that the Virgin endured before ascending, in body and soul, to Heaven. Pope Francis explained that this suffering is reminiscent of other women today.

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"The Canticle of Mary also leads us to think about many actual sad situations, in particular, those women overwhelmed by the weight of life and the drama of violence; of women who are slaves to the arrogance of the powerful; the girls forced into inhumane work; the women forced to surrender in both body and spirit to the avarice of men.” 

The Pope asked God to free these women from this form of bondage and also wished for them to have a life of peace, love, and justice as soon as possible. He also remembered the  more than 70 victims that were recently killed by an Islamist militia in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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"I'm struck once again in hearing the news of the massacres that have long been perpetrating a shameful silence, without even calling our attention. Unfortunately, these victims form a part of the many innocent lives that have no influence on world opinion.”

He further explained that the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a symbol of the closeness of God to humanity and an example of His preference for  the most humble. 


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