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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.

Benedict XVI to appoint six new cardinals. How many has he appointed so far?

2012-10-24

BENEDICT XVI
“These are the names of the new cardinals: Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Papal Household, with the intent of naming him Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. His Beatitude, Béchara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon), His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankarese (India). Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia), Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines).”

With these six new appointments the number of cardinal electors, will reach 120. Cardinals within this group are younger than 80, since they get to vote in an eventual conclave.

Those numbers though will soon change. By the end of 2012,  there will be 119 cardinal electors and by December 2013, the number will be 109.

One of the new cardinals, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, who is 53, will actually be the youngest in the College of Cardinals. 

The coming consistory this November will be the fifth of Benedict XVI.  With these new appointments the Pope will have named 84 cardinals during his seven years as Pope. From that group 67 are still cardinal electors. Seventeen of them are not, since they are 80 or older.


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