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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 governs the Vatican during the Sede Vacante?

2013-02-21

The first and most important is the Camerlengo, currently held by Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. He will temporarily take over control of the Vatican's every day affairs. However, for more important matters, usually brought to the Pope, they must be presented to the College of Cardinals during general congregations, which take place every day leading up to the conclave.

JUAN IGNACIO ARRIETA
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
February 16, 2004
"Afterward, between them, there are three cardinals, in addition to and led by the Camerlengo, that form a particular congregation. They execute the decisions taken by the general congregation formed by all the cardinals.”

The second position is the Major Penitentiary, held by Portuguese Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro. His task includes the absolution of major sins, such as a priest who breaks their seal of confession, or granting indulgences.

The third position is the Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini. As the Pope usually tends to the entire Catholic Church, he appoints a Vicar General to take care of the faithful in Rome. The pastoral work continues even when there is no Bishop of Rome (Pope).

During the papal vacancy, no laws can be created or changed. Any matters that can be held off will be done so, until the new Pope takes the helm of the Catholic Church.


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