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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.

Ho Chi Minh City cardinal turns 80, papal electors down to 121

2014-03-05

No more than two weeks after Pope Francis' first Consistory, the number of papal electors changed yet again. Card. Jean-Baptiste Phm Minh Mn, archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City, turned 80 on Wednesday, losing his right to vote in an eventual conclave.

Card. Mn was born in 1934. He was ordained a priest May 1965 in then-South Vietnam. After the war and Communist unification of the country, the prelate was in charge of the formation of new priests, at a time when the Church was under severe persecution.

He continued overseeing the formation of priets in Vietnam until he was ordained a bishop. He was eventually appointed archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City in 1998. John Paul II created him cardinal in 2003.

The number of papal electors now stands at 121. But will change yet again in a few days, when an the archbishop emeritus of Milan turns 80.


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