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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: Feast of Guadalupe and meeting with Nobel laureate Santos


Pope Francis kicks off his week with a very important event for Latin Americans: the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At 6 p.m. he will preside over Mass in St. Peter's to celebrate the occasion.

That same day, the pope starts his meetings with his Council of Cardinals. They are putting the finishing touches on the Apostolic Constitution on the reform of the Curia. They will be meeting until Wednesday. That day, the pope will celebrate his traditional General Audience in Paul VI Audience hall.

On Friday, Pope Francis will meet with Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They will presumably speak about two issues: the peace process, and a possible apostolic trip to the country.

Saturday is the pope's birthday, and it's not any other birthday. He turns 80. He will have a simple and private celebration, as he usually does.
The next day, however, he won't be likely to avoid a 'Happy Birthday' from the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus.