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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.

The pope turns 80 without any public celebrations


Pope Francis turns 80 on December 17, but seems to look a lot younger than his two most immediate predecessors at this age.

This was John Paul II when he turned 80. It was the year 2000, a Jubilee full of great ceremonies and meetings.

Comparatively, this was Benedict XVI in the year 2007. 

It is interesting the amount of energy Pope Francis has, in contrast with the intense activity of his pontificate. During one of his trips, he once said that he stays in shape thanks to mate from Argentina.

July 13, 2015
"Do you mean, what's my drug? That's what you really want to know. The drug! Mate tea helps me."

Only a few days before Christmas, the pope wants to spend his 80th birthday in private. There are no special events planned for that day. But it is probable that in the Sunday Angelus the pilgrims will sing "Happy Birthday" to him or even bring him a cake, as these priests have done in the past.

- BN