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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.

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien

2015-03-20

Archbishop Emeritus of Edinburgh, Keith O'Brien, has waived his rights as cardinal, according to the Vatican.

The Pope has accepted his decision and asked the Church in Scotland "to continue with hope on the path of renewal and reconciliation."

Keith O'Brien previously resigned as Archbishop of Edinburgh and did not participate in the last conclave. The move was caused by episodes of excessive drinking and sexual relations with adults priests and a seminarian.

In May 2013, the Vatican announced that O'Brien would leave Scotland to dedicate several months to spiritual renewal, prayer and penance. Since it was not child abuse, more drastic measures were not taken.

Keith O'Brien has lost all the rights and prerogatives of the cardinalate, including participation in an eventual conclave. There are now 123 cardinal electors.

It is the second time that a cardinal has been forced to resign. In 1927, Pius XI accepted the resignation of French Cardinal Louis Billot.


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