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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.

What is the Urbi et orbi blessing?


The Pope imparts the Urbi et Orbi blessing only on three very special occasions: Christmas, Easter, and just after being elected pontiff. 

Traditionally performed from the balcony of St. Peter’s Square, it is preceded by a speech in which he speaks about some of the tragedy's of the world.

The blessing is called "Urbi et Orbi”; 'To the city of Rome, and to the world.' 

The difference with other blessings is that this one includes a special indulgence for those receiving it directly there in the Square or through the media.