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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 Raffaele Farina turns 80. Number of Cardinal electors drops to 110

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Italian Cardinal, Raffaele Farina turns 80 on September 24th. That means he will no longer have the right to vote in an eventual conclave. The College of Cardinals now stands at 110 cardinal electors and 91 non electors.   


Cardinal Farina was born in the Italian city of Buonalbergo. He joined the Salesians at age 16 and was ordained in 1958. Over the years, he has been very active in the field of culture

In 1997, he began working in the Vatican Library. Ten years later he also became custodian of the Vatican's Secret Archives. 

His main objective was to facilitate access to works of the Vatican's literature department and eliminate its mysterious reputation. Among his greatest achievements there's the restoration of the Vatican Library and the exhibition of 400 years of the Secret Archives. 

In 2007 he was made a Cardinal by Benedict XVI and he participated in the 2013 conclave. 

A few months ago, Cardinal Farina left his post as librarian but he is still very active. Pope Francis also named him a member of the committee that advises the Pope on reforming the so called 'Vatican Bank.' 


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