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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.

World Youth Day date for Panama 2019 is announced


The dates for World Youth Day in Panama in 2019 have been announced: January 22-27, 2019.

Due to the climate and their location in the Southern Hemisphere, the youth encounter will be held during their summer months in an effort to try to avoid their rainy season.

Prefect, Dicastery Laity, Family and Life
"We will have the world gathering of the youth and it will be held in Panama for all the countries of Central America, who will collaborate. The archdiocese will be the specific place where it takes place, the Archdiocese of Panama City, but it will need the support of  all the countries of Central America.”

There is still much preparation and planning to be done and Cardinal Farrell, who is helping organize the event, is in close collaboration with the church and government in Panama.

In 2016, Panama's population was estimated by the UN at nearly 4 million people, which makes it the country with the smallest population in Central America.