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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 document condemns sex abuse in Ireland, paves way for future

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In the document, “the Holy See reiterates the sense of dismay expressed by Pope Benedict XVI” over the sex abuse scandal in Ireland.

The group also “acknowledged the seriousness of the shortcomings” in handling the cases of abuse. They said there was also “decisive progress” that has led to “greater awareness of the problem”.

The document also calls for the involvement of lay people in the work of prevention and formation and cooperation with civil authorities in reporting accusations.

These guidelines come from a 2008 document called “Safeguarding Children” which will be updated based on the Circular Letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.


The apostolic visitors also made stops at seminaries and religious institutions to examine the training being received. Their aim was to ensure an “authentic priestly identity” in the students at the seminary.

The visit also “recognized the painful events of recent years that opened many wounds in the Catholic community”.

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