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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.

No more interviews from cardinals amid reported info leaks

2013-03-06

In the first few days of the general congregation meetings, some cardinals, especially those from the U.S gave interviews to the press. But that has all been canceled now, after cardinals complained that reserved and confidential information was being discussed with the press. The Vatican's spokesperson, said that as time goes on, and the intensity of the conclave comes to life, it's natural to have less information.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"I'm not surprised. It's understandable that at first the information and predisposition of the cardinals would be more open. But then they see and feel the intensity of their mission and need to be sensible with information and with what they communicate.”

As of Wednesday 113 cardinal electors have arrived to Rome. The other two are expected to arrive on Thursday. In the meantime, the date of the conclave is still up in the air.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"The College of Cardinals is committed to having a serious, deep and unhurried preparation. Given the situation, it simply has not been the right time to vote on the date of the conclave. It's not about rushing the process or forcing it on them.”

In the meantime, all the preparations are underway at the Sistine Chapel. Wooden panels have been laid out to protect the historic floor. The two stoves are also in the Chapel. One will be used to burn the ballots. The other, with the help of chemicals, will emit black or white smoke to announce the result of each voting round.



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