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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.

Vatican explains why Sistine Chapel is still open, days before Conclave

2013-03-02

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican's Spokesperson

"Preparations have not started in the Sistine Chapel. Right now, tourists are still visiting the museums.”

Seventy five cardinals already live in Rome. On Saturday, the Vatican announced that 66 cardinals who do not live in the city, will be arriving over the weekend or by early next week.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican's Spokesperson

"At this point, 66 cardinals who do not live here have gotten in contact with their residence here in Rome, to let them know when they will be arriving. Some will arrive on the 4th, 5th or 6th.”

The Vatican also announced that during this 'Sede Vacante' period, faithful will notice a small change during Mass. Priests will make no mention or prayer for 'Our Pope, Benedict XVI,' since he is no longer Pontiff. This will be applied universally. In Rome, there will be no prayer for 'Our Bishop,' since Rome's Bishop was Benedict XVI.

Also a group of three contemplative nuns from Mexico, will be praying eight hours a day before the Eucharist in St. Peter's Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament. The nuns will be praying for the cardinals as they take on the responsibility of electing the next Pope.


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