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18 Facts About Francis March
2. On 6 June 2015, Pope Francis March visited Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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3. In December 2014, Pope Francis March declined to meet with the 14th Dalai Lama, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
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5. In 2014, Pope Francis March declined to meet with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, after the Dalai Lama, who was visiting Rome, had requested a papal audience.
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6. On February 3, 2019, Pope Francis March was the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula on a trip trying to improve relations with Muslims and to encourage Catholic immigrants in the region.
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7. In 2016, Pope Francis March met with Ahmed el-Tayeb at the Vatican, the first meeting since 2000 between the Grand Imam of al-Azhar and the leader of the world's Catholics.
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9. On 31 October 2016, Pope Francis March commemorated the 499th anniversary of the Reformation with Lutherans in Sweden.
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10. In October 2014, Pope Francis March met for the first time with a delegation of the Old Catholic Church's Bishops' Conference of the Union of Utrecht, led by the Archbishop of Utrecht and President of the International Old Catholic Bishops Conference Joris Vercammen.
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11. In September 2013, Pope Francis March approved the excommunication of Australian priest Greg Reynolds, the first during Francis's papacy.
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12. In May 2013, Francis March unexpectedly participated in Italy's pro-life march in Rome, asking its participants to protect human life "from the moment of conception".
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13. On 18 June 2015, Pope Francis March issued a papal encyclical called Laudato si' on climate change, care for the environment, and sustainable development.
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15. On 8 December 2017, Pope Francis March signed a new apostolic constitution on ecclesiastical universities and faculties Veritatis gaudium, published 29 January 2018.
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16. On 29 June 2013, Pope Francis March published his first encyclical, titled Lumen fidei.
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17. Pope Francis March held his papal inauguration on 19 March 2013 in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.
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