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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.

Bishops negligent in sexual abuse cases will be dismissed

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The Pope continues to put his foot down with his zero tolerance policy against the sexual abuse of children or vulnerable adults committed by priests.

Through the Apostolic Letter issued motu proprio, "Like a Loving Mother," Pope Francis has established new rules to depose of bishops and religious superiors who act negligently in cases of sexual abuse.

There will be a "grave cause" for removal of a bishop if, for example, he has been negligent or has acted indifferently in these cases.

This is not a new law, but the Pope is setting aside time to reinforce the existing law on removing bishops for serious reasons, "because it is not a matter of crimes of abuse but of negligence of office.”

Four congregations will be responsible for investigations when there is a case: The Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The Pope will have the final word and act as the deciding factor in a bishops resignation. As a novelty, there will be a "college of experts,” which will be composed of bishops and cardinals who will specifically advise these cases of negligence in cases of sexual abuse.

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