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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.

Egyptian Cardinal Antonios Naguib turns 80, can no longer vote in future Conclaves

2015-03-17

Egyptian Cardinal Antonios Naguib celebrated his 80th birthday. The Coptic Catholic Patriarch emeritus of Alexandria had been a voting-age cardinal for more than four years.

Naguib was born in Egypt. After becoming the Bishop Patriarch of Alexandria, Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal. 
 
Just months after his elevation to cardinal, a major challenge presented itself. The Arab Spring upheavals took place throughout the Middle East. He originally felt optimistic about the revolution.

CARD. ANTONIOS NAGUIB
 6 April 2011
"During the first two weeks of this movement, the unity between Christians and Muslims was 100 percent. It was expected to mark the end of religious-based conflicts, but changing attitudes cannot happen as quickly or as easily as the change of a system of government." 

He also stood up for the Pope during the uprisings, when some media outlets in the Middle East had obscured his message.

CARD. ANTONIOS NAGUIB
 6 April 2011
"On Al-Jazeera television, they said that the Holy Father asked foreign governments to protect religious minorities in our country. This was false. Based on those statements, other media have attacked the position of the Holy Father without reading what he said, without even reference to the texts.”

He resigned as bishop patriarch in 2013. He now holds the title of Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria.

There are now 124 men in the College of Cardinals that are eligible to vote in a future Conclave. Naguib voted in the 2013 Conclave, one of only four electors from outside the Latin Church to do so.


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