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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: Do not get carried away with a false security of physical or social walls


The organizations representing marginalized sectors around the world concluded their Third World Meeting with the pope. 

Among them was environmental activist and anti-globalization author, Vandana Shiva. In 1993, she won the Right Livelihood Award, which many call the "Alternative Nobel Prize."

The objectives pursued by these groups are as basic as they are difficult to achieve: land, shelter and work for everyone. The pope told them to find land to work on, a roof under which to live and a job that provides the necessary dignity to overcome the fear that becomes an accomplice of tyrannies.

"No tyranny, no tyranny can be sustained without exploiting our fears. This is key. Hence all tyranny is terrorism. When that terror, which was sown in the peripheries - like massacres, looting, oppression and injustice - operates in centers with different forms of violence, including hateful and cowardly attacks, citizens who still retain some rights are tempted to false security of physical or social walls."

He told them they should have the courage to build bridges instead of walls. Their role is also necessary in order to rediscover democracy, and to revitalize politics. He said that it is necessary that people are thrifty, help and lead others through their example.

"Politics is not the place for 'anyone who is too attached to material things or to the mirror.' FLASH Please do not meddle in politics, do not get into a social organization or a popular movement, because he will do more harm to himself, his neighbor and will stain the noble cause of defending. Also, do not enter the seminary."

In addition to the representatives of these popular movements in the Paul VI Audience Hall, there were also some people who were sick. As is typical of the pope, he had some especially compassionate moments with them like this.

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