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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 Francis' Saints

2016-04-02

Pope Francis is breaking records again, with the most number of saints. In the past three years, he has canonized 839 of them. The numerical figures are tricky because 813 of them belong to a group of martyrs of Otranto, whom he canonized in 2013 in the same ceremony.

This year the number will continue to grow, because the Pope has already announced that he will canonize five new saints.

The most famous is Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized in Rome on September 4th.

Just over a month later, on October 16, Pope Francis will canonize the Cristero boy, Jose Sanchez del Rio and popular "the Gaucho priest” of Argentina.

In addition, on June 5, he will canonize a Polish priest Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and the Swedish nun Maria Elisabeth Hesselblad, who dedicated her life to ecumenism and the poorest.

By far, one of the most popular saints that he has canonized was his predecessor, John Paul II.

Although one of the most anticipated ceremonies was this one; where for the first time in history, a married couple was canonized, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Therefore, the date of the celebration is the day of their wedding.

Throughout these three years, the Pope has held seven large canonization ceremonies. He has also automatically canonized five great missionaries of the Church History which already were considered saints. Among them is Jose de Anchieta, evangelizer of Brazil; or Peter Faber, one of the first known Jesuits.

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