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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's weekly schedule: Visit to Spanish Steps


For most people, Christmas is the season for rest and to get some time off work, but not in the Vatican. We are well into Advent; Christmas is getting closer, so the pope and Vatican officials are busy preparing one of the most intense periods in the Catholic calendar.

As usual, the pope will celebrate Mass every day of the week at Casa Santa Marta. On Wednesday, he will celebrate a General Audience in Paul VI Audience Hall with thousands of pilgrims from around the world.

Thursday, December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. That day, the pope will lead the Angelus prayer and address the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square from the window of his office in the Apostolic Palace. 

That afternoon, he will go to Rome's Spanish Steps, where he will venerate and pray in front of the statue of the Immaculate Conception. This tradition was instituted in the 1950's by Pope Pius XII.

On Friday evening, the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will be lit up, completing the Christmas atmosphere in the Vatican. Finally, the pope will wrap up his week with the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square on Sunday.