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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 with Hospital Sisters of Mercy: “We must entrust ourselves to others”


Pope Francis held a special audience with the "Hospital Sisters of Mercy” inside of the Vatican's Clementine Hall. During this encounter, the pope urged the sisters to persevere in their work, despite the difficulties they may face.

The pope expressed his gratitude to the sisters, and said they are "a concrete sign of how to express Jesus mercy.”

"In the face of the weakness brought about by illness, distinctions of social status, race, language, and culture cannot exist. All of us become weak, and we must entrust ourselves to others.”

Pope Francis also recalled how Teresa Orsini Doria Pamphili Landi, a noble lay woman, established the congregation to care for the sick.

"The Church’s commitment and responsibility towards those who suffer, and reflected on the particular charism of the sisters, which is to care for those in hospitals.”

Finally, the pope reminded the sisters of how their closeness to Jesus, the weak and the sick also serves as a pillar of their strength.