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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.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone turns 80

2014-12-02

The Vatican's former Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone turns 80 years old on Tuesday December 2nd. That means he is no longer eligible to vote in an eventual conclave. 

The Cardinal was a close confidant of Benedict XVI during his pontificate. In fact he was one of the few people who knew about his decision to resign, before it was made public. 

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
February 2014
"He told me about it in mid-2012. I told the Pope all the problems that could arise if he resigned. But, he felt tired, his age weighed on him. He was concerned with World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. He would ask himself, 'At my age, how will I, address millions of young people?'”

To celebrate his 80th birthday, the Cardinal invited Pope Francis and Benedict XVI to have lunch in the Vatican.

Bertone was appointed as the Vatican's Secretary of State in 2006 at the age of 72. He served until 2013. Eventually Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Pietro Parolin as the Vatican's new Secretary of State. Now retired, Bertone has collaborated with different Vatican Departments and is working on a book about his experience as Secretary of State. 


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