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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.

Three new saints: Jesuit missionary, French nun and Quebec's first bishop

2014-04-03

The Catholic Church has three new saints. Pope Francis approved their equivalent canonizations on Thursday. The Pope issued the decree after meeting with Card. Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The three new saints include Spanish Jesuit missionary José de Anchieta, also known as the Apostle of Brazil. He co-founded the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and is known for spreading Catholicism among indigenous groups  in that country.

Blessed Marie of the Incarnation was an Ursuline nun, regarded as the Mother of the Catholic Church in Canada. She had a vision to move to the newly founded colony of Quebec to spread the Catholic faith. There, she founded the first school ever in modern-day Canada.

The third new saint is François de Laval. He was a French missionary in Canada, who became the first bishop of Quebec, and orchestrated the expansion of the Catholic Church in the colony.

Within the decree, Pope Francis also recognized the miracles attributed to: Indian priest Ciriaco Elia Chavaro; Italian Minim Friar Nicola da Longobardi; Indian Carmenlite nun Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart; and Italian Friar Luigi della Consolata.

The Pope also recognized the heroic virtues of: Spanish Capuchin Friar Francisco Simón Ródenas; Italian priest Adolfo Barberis; French priest Marie Clement Staub; Spaniard Augustine Friar Sebastian Elorza Arizmendi; Brazilian nun Maria Teresa of the Eucharistic Jesus; Spanish nun Juana de la Concepción Sanchez Garcia; Italian nun Maria Giuseppina Teresa Marcucci; and Italian layman Luigi Rocchi.


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