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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.

The Pope to send more than 1,000 missionaries in charge of forgiving special sins

2016-02-05

During the ceremony on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, Pope Francis will send 1,071 priests worldwide with special authority to pardon sins that carry penalties that only the Apostolic See can lift.

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA
Jubilee organizer
"The Pope himself has given the faculty to all priests in the world to forgive the sin of abortion but in this case we speak of the five sins reserved to the Holy See. Only the Missionaries of Mercy can absolve from such sins, no other.”

The five sins that can be absolved by the missionaries are:

Forgive priests who have violated the secrecy of confession and those who have ordered bishops without the Pope's approval.

They may also absolve a priest who has sexual relations with someone and then offers forgiveness for the act.

Finally, these Missionaries of Mercy may confess those who have desecrated the Eucharist or those that have used violence against the Pope.

This is an initiative that Pope Francis had already announced in the papal bull that outlines the philosophy behind his Jubilee. These 1,071 priests will travel the world to facilitate the acquittal of these sins during the Jubilee, and especially during Lent.


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