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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 invites Catholics to celebrate “true Christmas”


During the Angelus on Sunday, the pope gave a few last suggestions to prepare Christmas.

"Please, we need to find a moment this week to stop and imagine the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph in their journey to Bethlehem. Imagine their trip: the road, the fatigue, but also their joy, their excitement, and then their angst, because there is no room for them, their worry... All that. To do this, the nativity scene is very useful.

With just a few days to go until Christmas, the pope warned that gifts and dinner preparations should not distract from the true meaning of Christmas.

"Let's try to go into the "true Christmas,” that of the Jesus that comes, "God-with-us,” close to us, to receive the grace of this feast, which is a grace of closeness, love, humility and tenderness.

The pope also gave thanks for all the messages he received for his 80th birthday, and he asked for prayers for the peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

- BN
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