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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.

Cardinals take vow of secrecy, during their first general congregation meeting


The worldwide media waited for them outside the Vatican, but surrounded by journalists, cameras and microphones, the cardinals didn't say much.

"I don't remember anything. It's all canceled.”

"It was a time for prayer and  meditation.”

"I will speak through my silence.”

"I will not say anything. I'm sorry, goodbye.”

Some cardinals are holding press conferences, to discuss general matters of the Church in general, but no specifics. Today a group of American Cardinals talked about the Conclave and by when they would like to elect the next Pope.

Archbishop of Chicago (USA)

"The only outside limit that's in the back of all our minds is Holy Week. We'd like to be done before Holy Week starts. Have a Pope so we can go back to our diocese. I'm sure all of us are thinking about that.”

Of the 115 cardinals who are eligible to vote in the coming conclave, 103 have arrived, the other 12 are expected to arrive by Monday afternoon or Tuesday.