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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 announces the canonization of Elisabeth of the Trinity and Manuel González

2016-06-20

The Pope will name seven new saints on October 16th. The name of two of them was already known, Fr. Brochero of Argentina and the Mexican Cristero child, José Sánchez del Río.

During this meeting with Cardinals, he announced that the same day, he will also canonize Elisabeth of the Trinity, a French Discalced Carmelite who died at 26 years old due to Addison's disease. Although she could only devote five years to religious life, she had demonstrated her vocation before by teaching catechism and helping the underprivileged.

The second saint is the Spanish Manuel Gonzalez. He was bishop of Malaga and Palencia and died in 1940. Before he founded the Eucharistic Union and the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth.

Pope Francis will also canonize Salomone Leclercq, a French martyr of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in La Salle, who was killed in the courtyard of his convent in Paris during the French Revolution.

They conclude the list of new saints with Italian priests, Lodovico Pavoni and Alfonso Maria Fusco. Pavoni founded the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, while Fusco began the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint John the Baptist.

Interestingly the two Italian priests and Spanish Manuel Gonzalez were beatified by John Paul II at the beginning of the century. However, Elisabeth of the Trinity has been waiting since 1984 and Blessed Salomone Leclercq since 1926.


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