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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.

Cura Brochero: the last saint whom Bergoglio proposed for canonization before he became pope

2016-04-03

One of the 5 new saints that the Pope will canonize this year is José Gabriel Brochero. An Argentine known for his unflagging priestly work among the people of Cordoba in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He will be canonized on October 16, along with a teenage Mexican martyr, José Sánchez del Río.

SILVIA CORREALE
Postulator for the Cause of Cura Brochero
"There are two ways of holiness, martyrdom and virtue, and two different ages. One dies of age after a lifetime dedicated to charity and to pastoral service, and a young man dies in a courageous act in defense of the faith.”

Pope Francis called all priests, like Brochero, to be "shepards living with the smell of the sheep.” He visited the villages in the province of Cordoba on a mule, giving catechesis to simple people.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio pushed for his beatification from Buenos Aires. One of the last events he participated in before traveling to the conclave in 2013 was related to the gaucho priest.

SILVIA CORREALE
Postulator for the Cause of Cura Brochero
"When you listen to the Pope, in his speeches, in his homilies, in his documents, many things he is saying are the same spirituality as Brochero. Now it is not known if the pope took the spirituality of  Brochero or if Brochero was a little bit Jesuit because he preached the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, who was a Jesuit. It is not known but some say the Jesuit nuance, embodied in the Argentine people, reaps fruit like Brochero and Pope Bergoglio."

On October 16, in any case, there will be a particular Spanish accent in Rome, since the two canonized saints are embraced throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina.


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