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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 jokes with president of Paraguay


"Thanks a lot."
"Are you touring around Europe?"
"Yes. Thank you for such generosity."

With this friendly greeting Pope Francis received Horacio Cartes, the president of Paraguay. This is the third time they have met in the Vatican.

It seems the first issue they dealt with was a passion that unites them... and it is not soccer.

"Our matecito."

According to the Holy See, while in the Vatican, the president discussed the fight against poverty, social peace and the assistance of the Church in Paraguay to those most in need.

The president presented Pope Francis with a painting and a photo album with the best snapshots of the trip the pope took to Paraguay in 2015. It was a gift he liked a lot.

"It is precious."

Pope Francis, in return, presented Cartes with the medal from the Jubilee, his book interview "The name of God is mercy," a copy of Amoris Laetitia and another of the message for this year's World Day of Peace.

As usual, Pope Francis did not forget to ask for one more request.

"Do not forget to pray for me, eh? When you grab the rosary."
"I promise I pray every morning and every night. I ask that you pray for all the presidents."