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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.

Pope to create new Cardinals on February 14th

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For the past few days, Pope Francis met with his advisory council, which includes nine cardinals who weigh in on ways to reform the governance of the Church. In these meetings, the Pope announced that he will make new cardinals on February 14th. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"On the 14th and 15th of February, new cardinals will be created by Pope Francis. We know the date, but what we don't know is which new cardinals will be named by the Pope.” 

Even though no one knows who will be made a Cardinal, it's likely that the number will be around ten. That way the number of Cardinals electors will reach 120, which marks the maximum number that can take part in an eventual conclave. 

Since most Cardinals will be in Rome during that time, the Pope is also planning on sharing the progress that has been made as far as reforms and re-organization of the Roman Curia. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"As of today, the idea is to have two new Vatican departments that can include most of the current Pontifical Councils.  But it's all up in the air at this point. The Council of Cardinals is analyzing the suggestions of all the department heads to see what changes can be made.”

The council of cardinals has addressed other issues as well. For example, Cardinal Sean O'Malley has been outspoken about the Commission for the Protection of Minors, which deals with the prevention of sexual abuse. This Commission will add new members. 

Another issue is the Vatican's funds. The second in command  in the Vatican's Council of the Economy, Joseph Zahra, has shed light on some of the challenges these financial departments face and what can be done to improve their standing. 


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