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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.

June 3rd marks 50 years since the death of John XXIII, the 'good Pope'

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At 22 he became a priest. The following year, in 1905, he was appointed secretary to his bishop.

In 1921 Benedict XV appointed him as the Italian president of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide. He was also the apostolic delegate to Bulgaria and a nuncio in Istanbul, Athens and Paris.

In 1953, Pius XII made him a cardinal and appointed him Patriarch of Venice. He lived there until 1958, when he was elected Pope at the age of 77.

During his five year pontificate, he created cardinals for the first time in, from countries like Tanzania, Venezuela and Mexico.

He was the first pope to receive an Anglican primate. He also excommunicated Fidel Castro in the 60's.

He wrote eight encyclicals and on October 11th, 1962, he opened the Second Vatican Council.

John XXIII
"Dear children, I hear your voices! Here the whole world is represented. One could say that even the moon was rushed tonight, to look at this show.”

He presided over the Second Vatican Council, which he called an 'updating of the Church', for just eight months. On June 3, 1963, he died of stomach cancer.

His successor, Paul VI, began his beatification process after Vatican II had ended. John Paul II beatified him in 2000, 37 years after his death.

At the time, cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins was Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

CARD. JOSÉ SARAIVA MARTINS
Prefect emeritus, Congregation for the Causes of Saints
July 15th, 2008
"I admire John XXIII because in his life and spirituality I find a true shepherd, a deeply human and communicative person. He made people long for him: he was 'the good Pope'. A truly extraordinary figure: he summoned the Second Vatican Council, something Pius XII had wanted to do before him.”

His feast is celebrated on October 11th, the same day the Second Vatican Council began. To this day, it's recognized as the most important work of his life.


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