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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.

What will the Pope do when he is no longer Pope?

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The Vatican confirmed that the conclave will take place in March. All agree, it will be an extremely important time for the Church. 

GREG BURKE
Vatican Media Adviser
"It is a very interesting moment because we have cardinals from all over the world voting in the college.”

His decision to resign is surprising, but he had talked about it before. The Vatican spokesperson, Federico Lombardi, cited the statement Benedict XVI made in the book "Light of the World,” where he reiterated that there are circumstances where the Pope has the right and even an obligation to resign. The Vatican's media adviser says his decision is humble and meditated, making him an ever more memorable figure.

GREG BURKE
Vatican Media Adviser
 "I think obviously, he is the Pope, he has the grace which comes from being the pope. If he made the decision in the presence of God, it surprised me but it did not shock me. He says he's obviously calm externally and very serene, but more importantly, he's obviously very serene with his conscience too before God. He says 'I gave what I could I did what I could and I´m not the right man of the job right now because of my physical capabilities.'”

In 2007, Benedict XVI named Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as Camerlengo, the person that will temporarily take care of the administrative duties of the Holy See, until a new Pontiff is chosen.


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