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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 number of consecrated women has declined, while the amount of consecrated men remains the same

2015-02-01

Consecrated people have a very clear challenge today: taking care of the growing number of elderly members in their orders.

Year        Consecrated women

2002          782,932

2013          693,575

According to the Vatican's Central Office for Church Statistics, in the last 11 years there are 90,000 fewer consecrated women in the world. Death is the main cause for this decline. In comparison, the number of consecrated men remains the same.

Year        Consecrated man

2002          192,552

2013          190,267

Between 2008 and 2013, roughly 13,000 consecrated people left their congregation: three  people for every thousand.

The masculine religious order with the most members is the Society of Jesus, followed by the Salesians of St. Bosco and the Order of Friars Minor. 

Congregation                     2011

Jesuits                               17,287

Salesian Society                15,573

Franciscans                       14,123

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to consecrated life, so that Christians may rediscover its value. He said it is time for renewal and to show the world the power of fraternity.

POPE FRANCIS 
November 7, 2014
"The consecrated life can help the Church and the entire society by giving testimony of fraternity, saying that it is possible to live together as brothers in diversity.”

On February 2 he will preside over the Mass for the World Day of Consecrated Life before thousands of consecrated people at the Vatican.


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