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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 in Angelus: Retaliation does not solve conflicts and is not Christian


During the Angelus, the pope once again called on the international community to set their eyes on the Central African Republic, which is one place where blood is being shed by war and violence.

"I suffer deeply for the victims, especially for so many children ripped from their families and their schools to be used as soldiers. This is a tragedy, child soldiers."

He also remembered the populations in Pakistan and Iraq who are suffering, while inviting victims of violence to demand justice instead of seeking revenge. He said that revenge or retaliation to resolve conflicts does not lead anywhere.

"Retaliation never leads to the resolution of conflicts. 'You did it to me, I will do it back to you.' This never solves conflict and is not Christian either."

Pope Francis recalled that the Gospel of the day spoke of the Christian revolution that ended the Talion law. The pope said Christianity introduced forgiveness and mercy in the world in a completely new way.