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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.

Vatican Bank issues first public report in its 70 year history

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The IOR, more commonly known as the Vatican Bank, was established in 1942. Since that time it had never allowed access into its balance sheets. But on Tuesday morning, it issued its firstannual report of its financial activity in 2012.

The 100-page report is the Vatican's latest effort to improve the bank's transparency and meet international standards. With 114 employees, the bank oversees nearly 18,900 accounts, with a combined total of 7.1 billion euros in assets. That's roughly the same size as a small regional bank.

The bank has nearly 800 million euros in equity, while the remaining 6.3 billion is split: 3.2 billion as an investment bank for its clients, and 3.1 billion as deposits for current accounts.


This added step into making the Vatican bank more transparent comes weeks before a special commission Pope Francis appointed is due to hand in their recommendations into the institution's future.



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