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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 Velasio de Paolis turns 80 years old

2015-09-19

September 19th marks the 80th birthday of Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, making him ineligible to vote in an eventual conclave. 

The Italian cardinal has a long history in the Vatican Curia. Just a few years back, in 2010, he was appointment by Benedict XVI as the Pontifical Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. He was assigned to oversee the Legion as it dealt with reforms following the abuses of the order's founder, Marcial Maciel. 

For many years, he also served in the Holy See's Economic Affairs Department. 

In a 2014 interview, he spoke with Rome Reports about the Synod on the Family and the Doctrine of the Church. 

CARD. VELASIO DE PAOLIS
"These are items that cannot be changed on a whim. Not even the Pope can change the doctrine of the Church. It's a matter of understanding if a certain doctrine is either intangible or if its a praxis of the Church than can be modified.”

With his 80th birthday, the number of cardinal electors, meaning those who are younger than 80 and have the right to vote in an eventual conclave, drops to 122


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