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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.

Sistine Chapel prepared for Conclave

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The ramp, tables and chairs where they will sit, as well as the presidential table for three scrutineers chosen at random, are in place. There is another table set aside for the Gospels, where each cardinal will take an oath of secrecy on whatever happens inside the Conclave.

The smoke announcing to the world the end of the conclave, and the election of a new Pope, will stream out of this chimney. It is about four feet tall and was first used in the 1939 conclave that elected Pius XII. Since then, the dates of each fumata bianca, or white smoke, it announced are engraved on its sides.

Working around the clock, Vatican handymen also prepared the balcony at St. Peter's Basilica, to welcome the new Pope. With the help of a fire truck, the workers put up the red velvet drapes through which the new Pope will walk through to introduce himself and deliver to the world his first blessing as Pope.


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