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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 at Angelus: "The Cross is not an ornament to wear. It's a call to love"


During Sunday's Angelus, the pope remembered 39 victims of a fire at a children's center in Guatemala. Pope Francis asked the pilgrims to pray in a special way for the youth who die because of violence. 

"This is a sore, this is a hidden cry that must be heard by all of us. We cannot continue pretending that we do not see and we do not hear.”

Pope Francis also asked Christians for two things. That during this period of preparation for Holy Week, one reflects on the seriousness of sin and the salvation of the Cross. 

"The Christian Cross is not something to hang in the house ‘to tie the room together’ or an ornament to wear, but a call to love, with which Jesus sacrificed Himself to save humanity from sin and evil.”

The pope quickly resumed his normal activities after a week of spiritual exercises. That same afternoon, he went to a Roman parish. It is the 14th he visited in the four years of his pontificate.