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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 Francis gets applause for remembering those affected by the last earthquake in Central Italy


Pope Francis got an intense applause by the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square when, on Sunday, just a few hours after the last earthquake, he remembered those affected and conveyed his closeness with them in these difficult times. 

"I convey my closeness to the people in Central Italy who have been struck by the earthquake.”

The earthquake that struck Italy on Sunday morning, with a magnitude of 6.5 in the Richter scale, has been the strongest in Italy in the last 36 years. 

As he normally does during the Angelus prayer, the pope also reflected on the day's Gospel. It told the story of how Jesus changes the behavior of a sinner, Zacchaeus, in a very peculiar way, without scolding him.

"Jesus' attitude towards Zacchaeus lights up a different path: that of showing he who strays that he is still valued; the value that God never ceases to acknowledge, despite everything, despite all his mistakes.”

The pope concluded his homily by asking the pilgrims for their prayers for his trip to Sweden, and reminding them that, in many places around the world, Christians are still being persecuted because of their faith.