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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.

Benedict XVI talks about the struggles in his pontificate in a new book

2016-09-09

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, at 89 years of age, broke his silence in this long-form interview with  the journalist Peter Seewald, a long time collaborator with whom he has written three other books.

The book is available in English, German, and Italian, and it is titled "Last Testament.”

Pope Benedict's book lives up to the expectation. He touches upon every possible subject, and he answers with a seemingly straightforward depth.

Peter Seewald asks him the hardest question: Does he think his pontificate was a failure? Pope Benedict answers: 

"I do not see myself as a failure. For eight years I carried out my work. There were difficult moments (…) but in general many people found new paths to faith and there has been positive movement.”

He says that more than a theologian, he tried to be a pastor. Or even a "confessor” who "treated God's Word with passion.

He explains his decision to step down and even how he wrote his document of resignation. He says he did not feel any pressure and that was not disillusioned.

He confesses that he did not see Cardinal Bergoglio as a top candidate for the papacy, but when he was elected he was glad to see how he prays and how he treats people.

Pope Benedict states he does not feel strong enough to write any more books, but that he prepares the homilies for his Sunday Masses at Mater Ecclesiae monastery.

It is a work of great spirituality and humanity, that will allow people to better understand the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, who has now become the first retired Pope to write a book about his own papacy.


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