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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 Francis: All priests will be able to absolve from the sin of abortion


The pope takes the world by surprise once again with his document "Misericordia et Misera,” (Mercy and Misery) which was presented on Monday by the organizers of the Jubilee. 

With this document, Pope Francis wants to emphasize that even though the Holy Door is closed, God's mercy is always open to all.

Jubilee of Mercy organizer
"In this document, the pope lights the way for the future of the Church, so it can be an instrument of mercy for all, excluding no one.”

Pope Francis announced that he will give a permanent status to some of the provisions he instituted for the Jubilee. One of those provisions was that all priests could absolve the sin of abortion for the duration of the Holy Year. The pope has now decided to extend this decree indefinitely.

Jubilee of Mercy organizer
"Bishops could delegate the faculty of absolving this sin to certain priests. This document allows all priests to do that, with no need for a bishop's permission.”

The organizers of the Jubilee announced the final numbers for the Holy Year. They estimate that around 700 million pilgrims have crossed the Holy Doors around the word. In Rome it was 21 million pilgrims, 22 in Guadalupe, and 5 million in Krakow, where the devotion to Divine Mercy was born.