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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: Unity does not lead to a “reverse ecumenism”


The pope firmly stressed that the unity of Christians is an essential requirement of faith and is one of his main concerns. He said this to the participants of the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Pope Francis said Christian unity does not encourage a "reverse ecumenism," meaning it is unnecessary to deny one's own "history of faith." That is why he stressed the importance of each of the ecumenical meetings he has held this year.

"Throughout this year I have had the opportunity to experience many meaningful ecumenical meetings, both here in Rome and on the road. Each of these meetings has been a source of consolation for me, because I could see that the desire for communion is alive and intense."

One of the most significant encounters was the historic meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow in February. The representatives of these two Churches had never before met.

In Georgia, the pope also met with the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, who is reserved about dialogue with the Vatican. The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury also paid him a cordial visit at the Holy See. 

Most recently, the pope visited Sweden to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 50-year re-establishment of dialogue with Catholics.