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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.

New Zealand Cardinal: I feel “priveleged” and “blessed” to be selected


Cardinal John Atcherly Dew was one of 20 new cardinals inducted last Saturday. Coming from New Zealand, he truly represents one of the Church's peripheries.

The newly-created cardinal said he felt "priveleged” and "blessed” to be elevated to the new position.

The cardinal will celebrate his 40th anniversary as a priest next year. He was in a reflective mood after the ceremony.

Archbishop of Wellington
"In 39 years of priesthood, wonderful experiences and wonderful people. And suddenly to be cast under this, but to know that it's not just a privelege, it's a call to service.”

He said he is looking forward to following Pope Francis' approach to leadership during this new era in his life. 

Archbishop of Wellington
"I think just trying to continue the way Pope Francis is leading the Church. And saying to our priests and our people, we have to be out there with the people.” 

And what did the Pope Francis say to him during the induction ceremony? It was a familiar request for those who listen to the Pope often.

Archbishop of Wellington
"He said pray for me. And I said, 'The people of New Zealand pray for you all the time.' So he said, 'Thank you very much.'”

At just 66-years-old, Cardinal Dew will be eligible to paticipate in future Conclaves until 2028