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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.

The pope is “outraged” over sexual abuse cases in Ireland, promises solutions

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For three years, a government commission was investigating the Archdiocese of Dublin and found hundreds of crimes were committed. The report accuses some bishops of protecting the perpetrators and not turning them in to police. The report also accused the Irish authorities of ignoring some complaints.

P. Federico Lombardi
Vatican Spokesperson

“The Pope expressed his grief and preoccupation and as well the willingness to help the Church to commit itself so that it does not happen anymore, abuses are a betrayal to the Church’s mission and to the testimony that it has to give.”

Card. Seán Brady
President, Episcopal Conference of Ireland

“He said they the Holy See would be following very closely to figure out how this tragedy took place and to ensure that measures are taken and to ensure it will never reoccur again.”

Mons. Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublín (Ireland)

“The experts will tell you the percentage of pedophiles in any society remain steady, constant this is a huge problem that has to be addressed and we’re addressing, other churches and the U.S particularly, to ensure that pedophiles don’t drift into system either as priests or any other church occupation.”

The pope has assured the victims that the Catholic Church will follow “this grave matter with the closest attention to better understand how these shameful events came to pass and how to make sure they don’t happen again.”

Benedict XVI has announced he will publish a Pastoral Letter, a special Papal document, with concrete initiatives that are to be taken in response to the situation.

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