Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Chile and Peru in January 2018, according to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office. The Pope will visit Chile from 15 to 18 January, visiting the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique. He will be in Peru from 18 to 21 January, visiting Lima, Puerto Maldonado, and Trujillo. The communique from Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said the Pope’s trip came at the invitation of the respective Heads of State and Bishops. It said the programme…

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Full text of May 13 in-flight interview with Pope Francis

The following is an unofficial transcript of the in-flight press conference on the papal plane returning from Fatima to Rome on May 13, 2017.  Greg Burke: Thank you Holiness, they were 24 very intense hours, as you said, for the Lord, 24 hours for Our Lady. It’s apparent that the Portuguese felt very touched when you said, “We have a Mother,” that they feel this in a special way. 100 years ago Our Lady didn’t appear to three important journalists, she appeared to three shepherds, but we’ve seen how they with…

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Trump Seeks to Meet Pope Francis in May “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.”

US President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking to meet with Pope Francis in May, when the American leader will be traveling to Italy to participate in a meeting of G7 industrial leaders. Although no plans for a meeting have been announced—and Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said that no formal request for a papal audience had yet been received—White House officials confirmed that the President would ask for a meeting. Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican’s deputy secretary of state, said: “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who…

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Egypt’s attacks won’t stop pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican official

Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. “The pope’s trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled,” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29 visit to Cairo. “Egyptians are looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit, although the atmosphere at present is heavy,” Father Rafic Grieche, spokesman for the Egyptian bishops, told CNS April 10, the day after the attacks. “The…

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Pope to visit Egypt in April

The director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has announced that Pope Francis will visit Cairo on April 28 and 29. The visit—the Pope’s eighteenth apostolic journey outside Italy—follows invitations from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the nation’s Catholic bishops, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar.

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How Pope Francis’ sincere humanity has shaped his pontificate

Rather than a weakness, Pope Francis’ humanity – and his acknowledgment of it – has been a source of strength and impact during the four years of his pontificate, said Vatican’s press office director. “The Pope says something which is very impressive, which is: ‘I am a sinner,’” Greg Burke told EWTN News Nightly. “And I think he says that in every interview he does, that none of us is without fault. I think that’s been part of his strength: how human he is.” “Yes, he is the Vicar of…

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Vatican academy member:Pope Francis urges Catholics ‘not to have more children than they can bring up properly’

“We need at some point to have a limited number of people which is why Pope Francis and his three most recent predecessors have always argued that you should not have more children than you can bring up properly,” a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” claimed on Thursday. This solution to securing the world’s sustainability was presented by botanist and environmentalist Peter Raven during a press conference that concluded the “Biological Extinction” workshop that took place at the Vatican earlier this week. Greg…

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