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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 could travel to Egypt in 2017


Although there are still no dates or trip itinerary, the Vatican has confirmed that the pope is considering going to Egypt.

It would not be a surprising announcement, as in recent months the Vatican and Cairo University, Al-Azhar, have tightened their relations. In May 2016, its rector, the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyib, visited Pope Francis. This university is a reference point for the Muslim intellectual world.

The trip would be another sign of progress in the relationship between Catholicism and Islam, and a step in the fight against fundamentalism. The pope's visit to one of the Muslim world's key points of thought would reveal that part of Islam does not share the view of terrorists.

At the moment, the only confirmed trips for 2017 are to the sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal in May, and Colombia in September.