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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 Cardinal from Bangkok: Pope Francis told me the role “is a service of love”

2015-02-26

Less than one percent of Thailand's people are Catholic, but they now have a representative at the highest level of the Universal Church. On February 14, the Archbishop of Bangkok was elevated to Cardinal.

He said that because he didn't receive an official notification, he at first assumed the news of his appointment was just a rumor.

CARD. FRANCIS XAVIER KRIENGSAK KOVITHAVANIJ 
Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)
"I didn't believe. But then my friend, a bishop from Korea, said that 'I heard the Holy Father himself now.' Then I had to believe.”

He said that during the ceremony Pope Francis told him that that his job "is a service of love.” His family agrees with the Pope.

CARD. FRANCIS XAVIER KRIENGSAK KOVITHAVANIJ 
Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)
"My brother, a Buddhist monk who was also in the Basilica, repeated that to me many, many times.”

The new cardinal has now become part of the small group of men who could someday become Pope. Though he is relatively young at 65, he has remained humble.

CARD. FRANCIS XAVIER KRIENGSAK KOVITHAVANIJ
Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)
"What I am here now, is almost older than it could be.”

With the addition of the newest cardinals, Asia now has 14 cardinals who are eligible to vote in future Conclaves.


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