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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.

Lent 2017: The Pope proposes to see others as a gift

2017-02-07

Pope Francis calls again for the end of indifference towards those who suffer. He does so in this year's Lenten message entitled "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift".

The Pope recalls the parable of the rich man who despises poor Lazarus. From it he says that "a right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value” and "each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love”. 

For Pope Francis the problem of the rich man is not his money, but that he has closed his heart to God, and therefore can not see others as a gift.

MSGR. GIAMPIETRO DAL TOSO
Secretary, Department for Development
"I think the Pope is putting his finger on this fundamental choice: whether life is viewed as an extension of one's self or as an opening of oneself to others... ... ".

CHIARA AMIRANTE
Founder of the New Horizons Community
"For over 20 years now, everyday I see Jesus go among the poor, and I see paralytics that rise, I mean paralytics in the heart, wounded in the heart. I see young people with destroyed hearts, and that these wounds are cured by the One who is love. I believe this is the most beautiful result of receiving the Word and receiving others”.

The Vatican invited Chiara Amirante to present the Pope's message. She's an Italian woman who decided to go to the most difficult areas of Rome to help the poor, where she discovered that the greatest poverty was not just material.

CHIARA AMIRANTE
Founder of the New Horizons Community
"When I started going to the street at night, I was a young girl, it was clear that I was afraid, because in any case going to Termini station where there was all kinds of violence, trafficking of all kinds, immigrants who came with many good intentions to find work often ended in organized crime. Obviously there was the fear. But to listen to the cry of another makes you enter on tiptoe in their world and makes you change your attitude, then it moves from fear to the urgency of finding an answer together."

She founded "New Horizons", a Catholic community that offers a healing process for the deepest wounds of the soul. They have more than 200 centers of welcome and formation, 30 thousand volunteers and more than half a million people committed to live the Gospel to change the world.


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