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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.

Meet the man who dresses the most powerful men in the Church


For 50 years, Raniero Mancinelli has sewn garments for popes and cardinals. And he just got a few new clients. 

Ecclesiastical Tailor
"This morning, a dozen came by. Some want one thing and some want another. I try to please everyone.”

The vendor and his clients seem to disagree about who is getting the best deal.

Ecclesiastical Tailor
"It's very inexpensive. It doesn't cost much.”

Bishop of David (Panama)
"It's pretty, but he hasn't shown me the bill yet. The pain will come tomorrow, we'll see how it is.”

The next Cardinal of Panama wears a size 8 skullcap, while his biretta is size 58. It takes one week and more than seven meters of fabric to make a cardinal's cassock.

Ecclesiastical Tailor
"There are many cardinals who had already served as bishops, and we kept their measurements. However, I don't know some of the new ones, and I've taken their measurements.”

Now, Manchinelli is just waiting for the ceremony to create new cardinals. He is particularly excited for the moment.

There is very little to do for the ceremony, but Manchinelli will certainly have plenty of work in the future.