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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 closes the Sistine Chapel as it prepares for the Conclave

2013-03-05

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"This afternoon we started off some of the preparations in the Sistine Chapel. So from now on, all visits to the Vatican Museums, will be suspended. For the time being, tourists can't visit.”

The College of Cardinals decided to send  Benedict XVI a letter, thanking him for his pontificate. It partly reads: Your example has shown us, your generous pastoral concern for the good of the Church and the world. It's signed by the Dean of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, on behalf of the group.

Cardinals decided that on Tuesday and Wednesday there will only be one general congregation meeting and not two. This will give them more time to talk amongst themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, all Cardinals are invited to St. Peter's Basilica, to pray for the coming conclave and the next Pope.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"Tomorrow afternoon there will be time for prayer in St. Peter's Basilica. It's a time to pray for the cardinals who will participate in the conclave and it's open to anyone who wishes to attend.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, 148 cardinals are in Rome, 110  of them are cardinal electors, so only five are still awaiting arrival. According to the Vatican's spokesperson, they don't all have to be in Rome, for the date of the conclave to be set.


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