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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 will consider to remind bishops to respond directly to sex abuse victims

2016-02-08

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors asked the Pope to remind all bishops and authorities in the Church of the importance of responding directly to victims and survivors who approach them; and the finalization of a Universal Day of Prayer.

On Saturday, the commission asked one of its members, Peter Saunders of Great Britain, who was abused by a priest when he was young, to temporarily suspend his collaboration "to reflect on how he can best contribute to the work of the Commission.

In his first weeks of work, Peter Saunders threatened to leave the committee if he did not see any concrete action. He then requested the resignation of Cardinal George Pell. The prelate's record is currently under examination by an Australian royal court for failing to act with sufficient hardness to allegations of abuse when he was a young priest.

Peter Saunders also contested the appointment of Juan Barros as bishop of Osorno in Chile, because some suspected he hid information about the repeated abuses of the priest Fernando Karadima.

The commission stressed that its mission is not to analyze case by case reports, but to teach bishops how to do it and how to prevent vulnerable child and adults from abuse.