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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: Meeting with Roman Curia and Christmas Eve Mass


The pope has a busy week ahead of the Christmas celebrations.
This time around last year, Pope Francis went on a spiritual retreat in his home, but, as of yet, there are no news regarding a similar retreat this year.
On Wednesday, he will take part in the General Audience with pilgrims, in Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican.
On Thursday, he has summoned high-ranking officials of the Roman Curia to wish them a merry Christmas. The Pope usually takes the opportunity to give them important advice about work culture and lifestyle in the Vatican.
After that, he will meet with Vatican workers and their families in Paul VI Audience Hall, to wish them happy holidays too.
On Saturday, the pope will celebrate the traditional Christmas Mass at 9:30 p.m., Rome time.

On December 25, at noon, Pope Francis will give his traditional Christmas speech and the "Urbi et Orbi” blessing, which he only gives on the Feast of the Resurrection.