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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.

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini passes away at age of 85

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He is largely remembered for his work in reaching out to nonbelievers and lapsed Catholics. He was also the rector of the Gregorian University in Rome when, in 1979, John Paul II appointed him as Archbishop of Milan. During the 22 years he was there, he was constantly referred to as a possible candidate for pope.

Despite suffering from Parkinson's, he participated in the most recent conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

He was passionate about the Bible, which is why he chose to live in Jerusalem until his illness became worse. At a conference in Rome, he said that he was devoting his last years to reconciliation.

Card. Carlo Maria Martini
"We need to be in the middle and work to cease all violence and learn to understand each others pain also. That is why I decided to spend most of my time in Jerusalem. I've marked as priority intercessory prayer, in the etymological sense of the word: to intercede, to walk through without giving or taking any reason, not to say that one side is more right than another. Walking between in prayer, prayer of intercession for the people of the Middle East, especially Jews and Palestinians, is the way to find mutual trust and dialogue.”

Pope Benedict XVI received constant updates on the situation of the cardinal. He passed away with family and friends at his bedside. He was also remembered by the media as one of the biggest promoters of dialogue between the Church and the modern world.

With his death, the college of cardinals is reduced to 206 members. Of these, only 118 are under 80, making them eligible to participate in an eventual conclave.

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