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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.

February 2012: Pope appoints 22 new cardinals

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BENEDICT XVI
"The snow is beautiful, but we hope Spring arrives soon.”

While the storm blew throughout the city, high ranking officials at the Vatican took part in an international conference about how to deal with sex abuse cases at the hands of priests. The conference was organized by the Pontifical Gregorian University, with support from the Holy See.

The bishops from 110 episcopal conferences and more than 30 leaders of various religious orders attended the conference. They learned how to treat victims of abuse and what do with priest and religious staff found guilty of abuse.

CARD. WILLIAM JOSEPH LEVADA
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

"The more than 4,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors reported to the CDF in the past decade have revealed, on the one hand, the inadequacy of an exclusively canonical (or canon law) response to this tragedy, and on the other, the necessity of a truly multi-faceted response.”

The conference included a ceremony to ask forgiveness, with the participation of victims of abuse and their families.

By Mid-February, the Pope appointed 22 new cardinals. The appointees featured Santos Abril, the Spanish diplomat that taught John Paul II Spanish; Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York; Thomas Collins, the archbishop of Toronto; and John Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong.

During the ceremony, the new cardinals swore loyalty and obedience to the Pope. They also received their red crest, ring and papal bull certifying their appointment.

CARD. THOMAS COLLINS
Archbishop of Toronto (Canada)

 "Well, I'm filled with joy. It's a wonderful occasion to be received into the College of Cardinals. It's a tremendous honor. I'm very grateful to the Holy Father for having me and calling me to be a cardinal.”

CARD. SANTOS ABRIL
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Mary Major

"It has been a truly special day because it is not everyday you get to become a cardinal. It is natural for it to be very special.”

Lent kicked off at the end of the month. As tradition calls, the Pope celebrated Mass at the Basilica of St. Sabina. He received the ashes from the hand of a cardinal.


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