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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.

Check out Pope Francis and Nicolás Maduro's first meeting in the Vatican in 2013

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(VIDEO ONLY. FOOTAGE FROM 2013) Pope Francis met with Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, who is visiting Rome by surprise. 

The meeting, which was held in private, took place in an office in Paul VI Audience Hall, a very different environment from the one where they met the last time. 

On that occasion, they met during a public audience in which Maduro was accompanied by a large entourage. On this occasion, his meeting was a one-on-one with the pope

According to the statement issued by the Vatican, this meeting takes place in the midst of a "worrysome political, social, and economic situation the country is going through, which is having serious repercussins in the daily life of the people.”

Pope Francis has also asked Maduro that he "take up the path of constructive and honest dialogue to ease the suffering of the people, especially the poor,” and that he foster "the promotion of a climate of renewed social unity, which will enable a new perspective of hope for the future of the nation.”

This is the second time the pope and Nicolás Maduro meet in the Vatican. The first was in 2013. A second visit was scheduled in 2015, but Maduro canceled at the last moment for medical reasons. 


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