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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 sends rescue crew to Amatrice after 6.2 magnitude earthquake and rising death tolls

2016-08-24

The Vatican press office has announced that in the wake of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake felt throughout central Italy early Wednesday morning, Pope Francis has sent six Vatican firefighters to help with the relief services. 

A statement issued by the Vatican said it is "a sign of the pope's concrete proximity to the people affected by the quake.”

This action followed the pope's morning General Audience, where he prayed the rosary with more than 11,000 visiting pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the families and victims of the quake. 

The earthquake's epicenter was Amatrice, but was felt in surrounding cities including Pescara del Tronto, Accumoli and Rome. 

Rescue crews from around the country have come to assist and offer aid to the victims and their families, asking for donations of nonperishable food, water, clothing and even blood for those affected. Nearby hotels and grocery stores have also opened their doors, offering free help to those who need it. 


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