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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.

The Vatican's pension system is extremely solid

2014-06-27

The world's smallest state is maintained by donations from Catholics and episcopal conferences. Around June 29th, dioceses from all over the world hold the "Peter's Pence” collection, an economical aid for the works of charity of the Pope and for the financing of the Holy See.

The latest figures reflect the consequences of the economic crisis: in 2012, the collection received $66 million, $3.5 million less than the prior year.

However, the economic reforms of Pope Francis are underway and the economy of the Holy See is sufficiently healthy enough to guarantee its independence. For example, Vatican sources confirm the absolute strength of the pension fund of its former employees, a problem suffered by many other countries in this field. 

The Vatican's economic reform gives a hand to the reform of the Curia. In order to streamline their agencies, their slogan is transparency, efficiency and savings. 

The Council of 8 cardinals will continue to work in its next meeting from July 1st - 4th to design a more efficient Curia, with less departments, which would allow for a better collaboration with the dioceses and ensure a more direct contact with the Pope. 


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