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  • Francis’s trip to Fatima will be short, but hardly irrelevant

    Francis’s trip to Fatima will be short, but hardly irrelevant

    His May 12-13 outing to Fatima is considered by many observers as the easiest of Francis’s foreign trips so far, with security concerns not being as high as they were when he visited an active war zone when he went to the Central African Republic, nor as politically charged as his two-day trip to Egypt last month. Nonetheless, it’s far from irrelevant.

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  • Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Although Pope Francis’s April 28-29 trip to Egypt will be extremely brief, barely more than 24 hours in the country, it’s among the riskiest outings of his papacy. On multiple fronts, from security and politics to Christian/Muslim relations and ecumenism, Francis faces hard choices on the trip that amount to striking the right balance between equally undesirable outcomes.

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    Francis faces a high-wire act in Egypt, and not just on Islam

    Although Pope Francis will be challenged to strike the right balance on Islam during his April 28-29 visit to Egypt, that’s not the only high-wire act awaiting him. He’ll also be expected to help shape Christian attitudes to the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, seen as ‘Christian-friendly’ but with a dubious record on human rights and political freedom.

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