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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.

Pope issues decree to fight against money laundering

2013-08-08

In a papal decree, Pope Francis issued new measures to fight against money laundering, and the financing of terrorist organizations. The measures would directly apply to all Vatican departments that deal with monetary activity. 

The decree, known as 'Motu Propio' follows the steps that were taken by Benedict XVI during his papacy. Part of the goal, is to get the Vatican into the so called 'white list' of countries that are in good standing with the Europe's anti- money laundering agency, known as 'Moneyval.' 

Under these measures, the Pope also gives the Vaticans Financial Information Authority, the power to supervise all Vatican departments where financial transactions are made. Up until now, its main function was limited to supervising the Vatican Bank.

In addition, the Pope also approved a new Financial Security Committee, so it can prevent and counteract  any type of money laundering, financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The committee will be chaired by American Msgr. Brian Wells, who serves as the general affairs adviser in the Vaticans Secretariat of State. The committee's secretary will be Rene Bruelhart, a  lawyer from Switzerland, who is also the director of the Financial Information Authority. The new regulations will take effect on August 10th, 2013.


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