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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 Francis named Msgr. Alfred Xuereb as a member of the Commission on the IOR, or Vatican Bank, as well as the Commission on the Organization of the economic-administrative structure of the Holy See. Both groups advise the Pope on reforms to the Bank and the Vatican's administration.

The Pope's right hand man will officially be in charge of keeping him up to date on both groups' every move. The most recent, perhaps, was the decision to allow London-based firm Ernst & Young to audit the accounts of the Governorate, the official body that oversees the Vatican City State.

Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi said that the official announcement is largely symbolic, since Msgr. Xuereb had been carrying out this task for quite some time.


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