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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 clarifies status of excommunicated Chinese bishop

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They note that excommunication means Shiyin has no right to govern over the diocese and can no longer celebrate Catholic rites. However, he remains a member of the Church through his baptism and should approach the Holy See at any point for reconciliation.

The Holy See also clarified the status of bishops who participated in the illicit ordination. The seven legitimate bishops who were present are deemed excommunicated unless they can prove they were forced to participate against their will.

The new spokesperson for the Church of China has responded saying “the ordination is a demonstration of religious liberty in China.” He said by choosing their own bishops they are following “decades of tradition and independence.”


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