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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 says it was not informed on time about the sexual abuse cases in Milwaukee

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According to the Vatican none of the bishops from that diocese informed the Vatican during that time period about Father Lawrence Murphy, who was accused of molesting 200 deaf boys.

It wasn’t until 22 years later, that the archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert Weakland wrote to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was under then Cardinal Ratzinger authority. Archbishop Weakland, reported the cases because they involved violation of the sacrament of confession. In other words, Father Lawrence was asking for sexual favors from victims in confessionals.

The Vatican says that it had only learned about these cases 22 years after they occurred.

Many of the victims say civil authorities and prosecutors also ignored their cases and although some of them were investigated, others were put on the back burner.
The Vatican says this is a tragic case, especially because it involved so many vulnerable deaf children at a boarding school.


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