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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.

Cardinal Rigali turns 80 and Cardinal George passes away

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For the last 70 years, cardinals from the United States have made up about 10 percent of the College of Cardinals. But the demographics of the College are shifting.

Within days, Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, the former archbishop of St. Louis, turned 80. And Cardinal Francis Eugene George passed away at the age of 78. There are now just nine American cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave.

By next year, another two American cardinals will likely celebrate their 80th birthdays: Roger Mahony and William Levada. The number of Americans cardinals who can vote for the next pope will be reduced to just seven. In the span of just a few years, American representation has sharply decreased.

There are 223 members of the College of Cardinals, and just 120 of them are eligible to vote in a conclave.


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