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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.

The election of Benedict XVI

2013-02-28

Since the start of the conclave, 15 days after the death of John Paul II, there was much speculation about who would take the reins of the Catholic Church. Among the leading contenders were Joseph Ratzinger and Argentine Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio.

Cardinals chose Joseph Ratzinger, the right hand man for John Paul II, and who many considered the best candidate to continue his legacy.

Some of the thinking was that after the long and intense pontificate of John Paul II, the Church needed a Pope to help process and assimilate the inheritance left by him.

BENEDICT XVI
“I have before me, in particular, the testimony of Pope John Paul II. He leaves behind a Church more courageous, more free, and younger. A Church that, according to his teaching and example, looks with serenity to the past and is not afraid of the future.”

Benedict XVI said he was taken aback by his election and said he was not worthy to become the Successor of Peter. During his first few speeches, he world often recall John Paul II, thank him for his task, and highlight the importance he placed on inter-religious dialogue.

BENEDICT XVI
“My true plan to govern is not to do as I please, nor to follow my own ideas, but to open myself, and the Church, to the word and will of the Lord and let Him guide me, in such a way that He will be the one leading the Church in this time in our history.”

Those words reassured the Cardinals that they had chosen the right person to lead the Church during a time of crisis.


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