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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 Sunday Angelus: The Church needs passionate missionaries, not bureaucrats

2016-08-16

At the Sunday Angelus, the pope asked for a brave Church that will not stay within predetermined walls and barriers, but would dare to go down unexplored and uncomfortable paths. He praised priests and religious who do this, even at the risk of their own life.

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"Their exemplary witness reminds us that the Church doesn’t need bureaucrats and diligent office workers, but impassioned missionaries consumed by the ardour of bringing the consoling words of Christ and His grace to all people."

Pope Francis encouraged Christians to entrust their heart to the fire of the Holy Spirit, a force that transforms from within and eliminates all human miseries. He insisted that, especially today, there's a need for disciples who are able to reach those most in need.

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"Now more than ever, there’s a need for priests, consecrated people and lay Christians to feel compassion and reach out like good neighbours to others, putting themselves in front of material and spiritual poverty, thus characterizing the way of evangelization and mission with the healing rythym of proximity."

Finally, he requested that a special closeness with those who suffer most, such as the homeless, the needy or refugees is demonstrated within the Church.


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