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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.

Vatican condemns persecution of Catholics in China

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The Vatican sponsored a special commission last week for the second time in two years, to discuss the situation of the Catholic church in China, which continues to be of concern because of constant oppression by the communist regime.

A few weeks before the conference, Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop of Hong Kong, told Rome Reports that even though the people of China are under communist rule, they are still loyal to their country, and not necessarily to their government.

Cardinal Joseph Zen
Bishop of Hong Kong
“Everybody loves their own country. But you are not bound to love the communist party. We love our country. Everything we are doing and saying is just because we love our country. Because we see that this way of dealing with the church denying the freedom is a shame for our country.”

Just last week, while the commission was just beginning in the Vatican, Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was arrested for a second time, a common incident for the Catholic China.

The published summary of the special commission detailed other persecutions and incidents that add to the widespread notion of the Chinese government’s violation of religious freedoms.

According to a statement published by the Vatican, the meeting had a special focus on the formation of seminarians and clergy. Something that, like most pastoral activities in China, are under close watch and often prohibited.

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