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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.

Cardinal Pimenta dies at 93. College of Cardinals now stands at 203

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Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta has passed away at the age of 93. Born in India, he was Archbishop emeritus of Bombay. Pope Francis sent his condolences in a  message to his successor, Oswaldo Gracias, where he remembered Cardinal Pimenta's "noble spirit.” In his note, the Pope also stresses the Cardinal's years of service. 

The Indian Cardinal is remembered for founding several schools and universities. In his diocese, he also managed 12 hospitals and 44 clinics. He was also the main host during John Paul II's apostolic visit to India back in 1986.

With the death of Cardinal Pimenta, the College of Cardinals now has 203 members. At this point, 112 of them are cardinal electors, meaning they get to vote in an eventual conclave. 


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