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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.

Syro-Malankar cardinal elected President of Indian Bishop's Conference


During the biennial plenary for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, members elected Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal as their new president.



Card. Baselios Cleemis is the Major Archbishop of Kerala, and leader of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, one of the Eastern Orthodox Churches in full communion with Rome.



In his four-year term, he will lead the conference, which groups together the bishops from the three Catholic rites in India: Syro-Malankara, Syro-Malabara, and the Roman rite.


Benedict XVI made him cardinal in February of last year. Card. Baselios Cleemis also took part in the conclave to elect Pope Francis.