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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

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March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Beijing Bishops Comments Raise Concerns About Loyalty To Rome


According to the news agency Asia News, the bishop recently gave a sermon where he called on the faithful to “love the fatherland and love the Church.”  That phrase is meant to emphasize that the loyalty to the Church comes second to the Communist Party.  It was coined by the government-founded Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, an organization created more than 50 years ago to ensure that Chinese Catholics remain loyal to Beijing, not to Rome.  

What is unclear is whether these comments are Bishop Shan’s own words or whether he is reading them under political pressure from the government.  During the past few months, the pressures have been increasing.  

The allegiance of Catholics to Rome or Beijing is a sore point between the Vatican and the Chinese government. 

In the Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics published in June of 2007, he reminded that the Patriotic Association’s principles of independence and autonomy regarding the Church were “incompatible with Catholic doctrine.” 

A year later, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone sent another letter to Chinese bishops.  Bertone stressed the importance of the bishops being in communion with the Pope and themselves.   He also urged Chinese bishops to demand the right to meet as a group and freely discuss issues amongst themselves free of any outside interference.