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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.

Vatican to launch global questionnaire for young people to prepare for the next Synod


Pope Francis has asked bishops around the world to think about the role of young people in the Church. This will be the theme of the next synod scheduled for 2018.

The goal will be to gauge the state of youth with respect to the Catholic faith throughout the world. To prepare for it, bishops will have to answer a list of questions sent from Rome. Their answers will serve to create the working document of the synod.

Secretary General of the Synod of the Family
"They will have to start work immediately. We asked them to send us the answers by the end of October so that we can prepare the next working document."

The novelty of this synod will be that young people will be able to participate through a web page that the Vatican will launch in early March. There they can express their concerns about their life and faith.

Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops
"The answers will be sent to specialized institutes to be evaluated. This will then serve to create the next working document for the synod."

With this synod, the pope wants the whole Church, starting with the hierarchy, to reflect on how to help young people connect with faith, find their vocation, overcome their fears, discover their talents and face the difficulties of life with concrete decisions.

The pope himself says this to them: "Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls." Pope Francis wants the hierarchy to listen to the youth so that the young people feel the warmth of the Church and stop living outside it.