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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.

More Muslim leaders are publicly condemning Islamic radicals

2016-08-30

First, it was the Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, of Qom, Iran, who sent Pope Francis a letter in which he thanked him for making a distinction between peaceful Muslims and Islamic radicals. The Grand Ayatollah said that most Muslims consider these groups separate sects that do not follow the true teachings of Islam.

Then it was King Mohamed VI of Morocco who, in a speech addressed to Moroccans living abroad, spoke harshly about Islamic terrorism. He said that those who kill innocent people "are not Muslims.

Next, the Grand Mufti of Croatia, Aziz Hasanovic, also spoke on Monday about the challenges that Islam faces. In a conference in Rimini, Italy, he said that many are using religion for personal gain.

AZIZ HASANOVIC
Grand Mufti of Croatia
"We as Muslims believe that using Islam for personal gain is an abuse of our religion. However, those that do that are a minority: there are more than a 1.5 thousand million Muslims in the world.

Pope Francis has met several Muslim leaders throughout his pontificate, and visited some mosques around the world. In the Bangui mosque, in the Central African Republic, he called for Islam and Christianity to stand united against fundamentalism:

POPE FRANCIS
"Together, we say no to hatred, no to revenge, no to violence.

Pope Francis believes that if Muslim leaders speak up and firmly condemn fundamentalist groups, the world will see that Islam is not a violent religion. 

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