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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's Reform Plans, Bigger than Expected

2013-10-03

The Vatican spokesman has announced that Pope Francis isnt planning on reforming theVaticans Apostolic Constitution. Rather, hes planning on drafting a completely new document, that deals with the governance of the Church.    

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman
"The idea is not limited to updating the current 'Pastor Bonus' constitution, with small tweaks here and there. Instead the Pope plans on drafting a new constitution that includes new relevant changes. I think we can expect a new constitution.”

The new law will highlight two main aspects. First, that the Roman Curia shouldn't be a power house, but instead it should be 'at the service' of the Universal Church. Also the Vatican's State Department will more of a branch rather than a full governing body.

The Council of Cardinals recommended that a 'moderator' be assigned to coordinate the relationship between the Pope and the dicasteries of the Church. The council of eight cardinals is also analyzing how the role and work of the laity can be recognized more directly within the Church.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman

"Special attention will be given so that institutions can adequately respond to the laity and the service they provide to the Church. Currently we have a Pontifical Council, but that relationship and presence could be strengthened so that the Curia is more involved with the laity.”

The three day meetings between the Pope and his new advisory council ended on Thursday. But on Friday, they will all travel to the Italian town of Assisi, where they will pray together, before the tomb of St. Francis.

The council will once again meet with the Pope next December, and then also on February of 2014.


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