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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 obliges economic transparency in processes of canonization

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With these new rules adopted by Pope Francis, the Holy See will monitor the expenses for the causes of canonization to ensure they are reasonable and do not slow their progress.

It can happen that religious orders or institutions may decide not to embark on a cause of canonization or halt one in progress due to the costs needed to keep them going.

The biggest expense is usually the work of the postulator, the one responsible for handling the cause. Other costs include those related to experts or administrative fees such as the printing and binding of documents on the process.

When experts analyzed the economic and financial structure of the Vatican, they noted problems in this area due to the high costs.  Now Pope Francisco has addressed them.

With this decree, the chances for any irregularities are greatly reduced. In addition, it will be less costly overall since the Holy See will cover the costs of the Roman phase of the process and ensure the creation of a fund to help those who can not afford the regular expenses.

It´s a fund that had existed until now, but did not work in practice.

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