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

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

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.

Catholicism On The Rise

2009-04-02

The 97th edition of the Yearbook counts 1 billion 147 million Catholics worldwide. That is 16 million more than two years ago.

The greatest increases were in Oceania with 4.7% and in Africa with a 3% increase.

Catholics in Asia rose 1.7% and in Europe 0.8%.


However, in the Americas faithful declined by 0.1%. In spite of the slight decrease the continent still remains as the home of half of the world’s Catholics.

The increase was more evident were Catholics are minorities, like Africa and Asia, than in continents where Catholicism is the established religion like America and Europe.

Clergy is also on the rise. 169 new bishops were ordained in 2008 and priests have increased by around 3.000 in the past 8 years, bringing their number up to 408 thousand, most of the new priests come from Africa and Asia.

A white volume of the Yearbook, or Annuario Pontificio, was presented to Benedict XVI. The original copies are in red and contain the contact information of the entire Catholic Church.

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