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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.

Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: Member and coordinator of the Pope's 'G8' Commission


Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will oversee the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise the Pope on reforming the Curia and the governance of the Church.  The Honduran prelate has years of experience, especially when it comes to governance. John Paul II made him Cardinal in 2001, which is the same day Bergoglio was made a Cardinal. 

He worked with the Pope hand in hand many times throughout Latin America. They would see each other during the conferences for the Latin American bishops, and they worked closely when they drafted the so called Aparecida Document in 2007. The Pope continues using this text now. He often gives a copy to each Latin American leader he meets with in Rome.

The task of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga will be to coordinate the group's work, which will revolve around the concerns cardinals raised during the private meetings they held just days before the conclave. It was during those 'general congregation' meetings that the idea to have a reform commission was first raised. 

Pope Francis himself has acknowledged that it was during those general congregation meetings, that cardinals asked for a commission to reform the Roman Curia and the governance of the Church.