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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.

Who's in charge when a Pope leaves his post?

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During this transition, the chamberlain will be in charge. Right now, that post is held by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who also serves as the Vatican's Secretary of State.

To prevent any forgery, he must also break the pope's fisherman's ring by hitting it with a small hammer.

The pope's apartment must then be sealed by Cardinal Bertone, to prevent the tampering of any official documents. He's also in charge of organizing the conclave where the College of Cardinals meet to elect the new pope.

Until a pope is elected , which is indicated by the white smoke that comes out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney, the chamberlain is also charge of administrative issues.

But, when it comes to making key decisions in the Church, his authority is limited.

All Vatican officials symbolically lose their post, at least for the time being. Three representatives though, are spared. These include the prefect of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Manuel Monteiro de Castro, also the vicar of Rome held by Cardinal Agostino Vallini and chamberlain Bertone.

No more than 20 days can pass before the conclave starts. During that time, cardinals from all over the world, go to the Vatican, to take on the great task of electing the Church's new leader.


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