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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.

Missionaries of Charity, their increasing numbers throughout the world

2016-09-02

In the 19 years since Mother Teresa's death, the Missionaries of Charity have not only grown in faith and service, but in numbers around the world.

They began as a group of 12 sisters in Calcutta in 1950 with an intention to serve the hungry, homeless, naked, lepers and the unwanted. 

In addition to the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, there is also the same order for brothers. These were then followed by additional sects called the Contemplative Sisters, Brothers and then the Fathers.

In 1997, when Mother Teresa passed away, there were 3,914 sisters and 363 brothers serving the poor. Now, in 2016, there are 5,161 sisters and 416 brothers in the midst of the marginalized.

The orders are now in 139 countries, compared to the 120 countries in 1997. Thus, they have also added 164 houses to their mission over the years, currently at 758.

It is expected that after Mother Teresa is officially named a saint on September 4, the number of vocations and interest in her order will continue to increase.


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