President Obama to Visit Vatican
THE VATICAN CONFIRMS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA will visit the Vatican City and that Pope Francis will meet with him at the Vatican on March 27th of this year. The spring meeting will be President Obama's second visit to the Vatican as president, but it will be his first visit with Pope Francis, who was elected March 13, 2013. The White House said the Vatican visit would be part of a presidential trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. The White House said that "The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality." During the same trip, President Obama will participate in a summit in the Netherlands on nuclear security, visit the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission in Brussels, and hold talks in Rome with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
To the Holy Land following Paul VI
Pope Francis announces a pilgrimage to Amman, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem from May 24th to May 26th
And on the Epiphany he calls the faithful to pray for 'holy cunning' like the Magi.
On Sunday, 5 January, after the Angelus, Pope Francis announced that he will be travelling to the Holy Land from 24-26 May, stopping in Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It will be a "pilgrimage of prayer" in celebration of the anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras which took place 50 years ago on 5 January. The Pontiff explained various details of the schedule, underlining the ecumenical meeting with representatives of all the Christian churches in Jerusalem, together with Patriarch Bartolomaios of Constantinople. The following day the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica and spoke about the experience of the Magi, who overcame that "dangerous moment of darkness" because "they be lieved the Scriptures" and thus escaped the "dreariness of the night of the world" in order to follow the light to Bethlehem. We must learn from the example of the Magi and follow that light which goes before us and which - as the Bishop of Rome explained before reciting the Angelus that day - is a sign of God's love. That same afternoon the Pope visited the live nativity scene of the Church of Sant'Alfonso Maria de' Liguori in Rome.