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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.

Church Statistics: Catholic population growing in Africa and Asia

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In Africa and Asia the Catholic population is  proportionally growing double the rate when compared to the general population growth. It's not the same in Europe and Latin America though. There, the Catholic rate has not grown. Rather, it's proportional to the population. 

The decline in some areas and growth in others has leveled numbers off. In 2011, about 16% of Catholics lived in Africa. 48.8% in the Americas, 10.9% is Asia, 23.5% in Europe and about 0.8% in Australia. 

The number of Catholics in Africa has grown by 4.3% and about 2% in Asia. In Europe and America the number of Catholics has remained steady. 

The number of priests has also increased. The last ten years shows a 2.1% increase. In 2012 marked a total of 413, 418 priests. In the last decade the number of priests increased about 39.5% in Africa and about 32% in Asia. The rate in the Americas has kept steady and in Europe the rate has decreased 9%. 

However, the number of permanent deacons in Europe and the Americas has grown 40%. 

The year 2012 shows that the number of seminarians grew 7.5% in the last decade. 

As far as women religious, statistics show there's been a ten percent decrease in the last decade.  But on the other hand the number of female religious has grown 28% in Africa and 18% in Asia. There are a total of 713,000 female religious and 33% of them are in those two continents. 


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