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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 Francis' Lenten and Holy Week Schedule


Pope Francis always keeps to a tireless schedule, and the Easter season is no different. Beginning with his departure from Rome on the First Sunday of Lent for spiritual exercises, he will return to many more activities awaiting him. That same Sunday, he will visit a parish on the outskirts of Rome.   

The Holy Father's first event upon his arrival back will be on March 17, where he will preside over a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica. 

On March 25, he will go on a pastoral visit to Milan. He will celebrate an outdoor Mass, as well as visit the recently confirmed youth, the Duomo, and a prison. 

He begins the month of April with another pastoral visit to a northern Italian town, Carpi, on the second, to remember the victims of the 2012 earthquake. 

At Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on April 9, the World Youth Day Cross will be handed over from Poland to Panama

With the arrival of Holy Thursday on April 13, he will celebrate morning chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, and will then celebrate evening Mass with foot washing. The location is still unannounced. 

On Good Friday, there will be an afternoon liturgy of the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica, completed with the Way of the Cross at 9:15 p.m. in the Colosseum. 

At 8:30 p.m. the following night, he will celebrate Easter Vigil mass in the Basilica

On Easter morning, Sunday, April 16, a public mass will be said in St. Peter's Square. Immediately after, the Holy Father will give his papal blessing, "urbi et orbi” (to the city and to the world). 

The Easter season marks a very special time in the Catholic Church, as well as the city of Rome. The events of Pope Francis certainly guide the faithful in this time of penance and renewal.