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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 calls for a “new style” of politics in his message for peace


Pope Francis is focusing his new message for peace in forgiveness. Quoting his predecessor, Benedict XVI, he said that it is the Magna Carta of Christianity: loving one's enemy.
That is why Pope Francis highlights the importance of the victims of violence. He said their role is crucial because when "victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking.”
The pope asks for nuclear disarmament and a new style of international politics. He also praises "non-violence” practiced by leaders such as Gandhi or Martin Luther King and he insists that religious leaders take action against fundamentalism. "No religion is terrorist.”
Lastly, he underlined the role of family, because that is where one learns to live and share. Everyone, he concluded, can be a peacemaker with small, everyday gestures.

The World Day of Peace has been celebrated every January 1 for the last 50 years.