Pope Francis is dismissive of claims that the Virgin Mary appears daily in Medjugorje, but Danielle Pitau is convinced that her pilgrimage to the small Bosnian town cured her of cancer.
Pope Francis will make two Portuguese shepherd children saints this week, crowning a belief that started with reported visions of the Madonna 100 years ago that have turned the Shrine of Fatima into one of the most famous in Christianity. Up to a million people are expected to attend the canonization mass on Saturday at the shrine for the children, who the Vatican believes received messages from the Madonna that have become known as the three secrets of Fatima.
Pope Francis has landed in Cairo on a visit overshadowed by a series of recent attacks against Christians in the Arab world's most populous country. Amid high security, the 80-year-old pontiff will meet with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Imam of the government-run Al-Azhar mosque and an Islamic philosophy professor, before meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt's Coptic Church.