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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 at Angelus: Money, pleasure and power are fascinating, but illusory idols


Money, pleasure, and power are all idols of this world, and though fascinating, lead to unhappiness.

Pope Francis reminded the thousands of people who prayed with him at the Angelus the daily choice that every Christian must face.

"The Lord or the fascinating, but illusory, idols. It is a choice that must be made firmly, and must be continually renewed, because the temptations to reduce everything to money, pleasure and power tighten."

The pope said that choosing God entails a change of mentality. To trust Him is to accept that the fruits will not be immediate.

"Jesus exhorts us with insistence not to worry about tomorrow, remembering that above all there is a loving Father who never forgets His children. Trusting Him does not solve problems in a magical way, but allows one to face them with the right spirit, with courage. I am brave because I trust in my Father, who cares for everything. Feeling God as Father, in this time of orphanhood, is very important."

As it is often the case, the pope's week did not end with the Angelus prayer. In the afternoon, he went to the Anglican Parish of All Saints. With that visit, he ended a week marked by messages about the need to be coherent Christians. He also denounced social injustices, such as the right to water, and the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.