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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.

Card. Barragan: next Pope needs at least same qualities as Benedict XVI



President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"The Pope decided to resign because he says he no longer has the strength to carry out the office. Therefore, the next Pope needs to be a person who at the very least has the qualities Benedict XVI had before he started loosing strength.” 

He also traveled with Benedict XVI to Mexico and Cuba back in March 2012. The apostolic trip is forever marked with this photograph. At that point, the Cardinal didn't expect a resignation, at all. 

President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"It's a decision that shows great humility, great courage, great consistency. It's a decision that says, 'Our Lord is guiding the Church.' Hopefully this will be the best decision for the Church, as the Pope said.” 

The cardinal said that it is now time to examine the situation of the Church and pray that cardinals elect the right person to address these new challenges. 

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