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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.

Pietro Parolin chosen as Pope Francis right hand man to help in Curia reform


The Vaticans new secretary of state will be Archbishop Pietro Parolin. He was born in northern Italy, in the region of Veneto, 58 years ago. Archbishop Parolin studied Canon Law at Romes Gregorian University, and has been active in the Vaticans diplomatic corps since 1986.   

His career started off with the nunciatures in Nigeria and Mexico. He returned to Rome and worked from 2002 to 2009 with the Secretariat of State, as the undersecretary for relations with states. In 2009, Benedict XVI ordained him as archbishop and named him nuncio to Venezuela. 

With Pope Francis appointing him as the Vatican's Secretary of State, he now becomes the Pope's right hand man in helping with the daunting task of reforming the Roman Curia.