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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.

Investigative phase of canonization process closes for Dora del Hoyo


With this ceremony, the investigative phase of the canonization process has officially closed for Opus Dei member Dora del Hoyo, during a ceremony in Rome with Bishop Javier Echevarria.

Prelate of Opus Dei
"Dora was a very feminine woman with a strong personality. She was a very good and serious professional woman. She was very respectful and attentive to all people, and she loved everyone a lot. She prayed sincerely, from her heart every day.”

The ceremony presented materials gathered about Dora's life, virtues and reputation for holiness.  
Now, they will send the documents to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Holy See who will then decide if the testimonies pose enough evidence to continue with the process.

Promoter of Justice
"She was a person dedicated to God, with only one goal: to serve others, struggling with her limitations, with the help of grace.”

"She loved to do the things to the smallest detail and she took care of the all the small details.”

However, the process of Dora being declared a saint will be a very long one, as the Vatican is currently studying around 400 other cases that have been brought to their attention. The speed of the process also can be influenced if the devotion to Dora del Hoyo rapidly increases over the next few months or years.