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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.

Vatican reacts to the Bishop of Shanghai's possible return to patriotic Church

2016-06-24

These are the Vatican's first statements in regards to the Bishop of Shanghai, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin's alleged return of to the Chinese Catholic Patriot Church.

The priest was named a bishop by the authority of the government-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriot Association. He later joined the Church of Rome, under the authority of the Pope. By doing this, Chinese authorities have kept him under continuous house arrest since 2012.

However, according to a recent post he published in his own blog, the bishop has returned to the Patriotic Church.

The Vatican has clarified that the only news it has received comes from the blog. The Bishop has still not communicated anything with Rome.

It was also speculated that the Vatican would have accepted the bishop's return to Catholic Patriot Association in exchange for some kind of diplomatic rapprochement with the Chinese regime. For the Vatican, "any speculation with regard to a presumed role of the Holy See is inappropriate.”

Finally, the Vatican said that the Pope is closely following everything related to Chinese Catholics  although he has not made a personal statement in regards to the matter.  

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