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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.

Figures of the Church: 15 million new Catholics in 2010

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In the Church there are 5,104 bishops, which is 39 more than in 2009. Also increasing, are the number of priests. During 2010 there were 1,643 new priests. So the total figure stood at 412,236. However, there was not an increase in all continents. For example, Europe had 905 fewer priests than in the previous year.

Also, the total number of non-ordained religious dropped to 436 and stood at 54,665. The number increased in all continents except in the Americas. In addition,  the number of catechists rose to over 3 million, a figure that is considered key to the Year of Faith.

In the social sphere, the Catholic Church serves more than 5,300 hospitals, 18,000 clinics, 17,000 nursing homes, 547 leprosy centers and 15,300  marriage consulting centers.

In the education sector, the number of nursery schools run by the Church increased by more than 2,000 from 68,119 to 70,544. The number of primary schools decreased by 124 from  92,847 to 92,723 with 30 million alumni, but secondary education increased its presence with over 1,000 new institutes, from 42,495 to 43,591 with 17 million students.


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