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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.

Joseph Tobin, the teamster cardinal: “Sometimes I heard confessions until 1 a.m.”


Pope Francis overlooked the United States in his first two consistories. This time, he made up for that, appointing three American bishops to the College of Cardinals.
One of them is Joseph Tobin, the new Archbishop of Newark (New Jersey) and former Archbishop of Indianapolis, where he is famous for traveling solo throughout the archdiocese in a truck.
Even though his is not traditionally a red hat see, one can understand why Tobin's charisma might have appealed to Pope Francis.
Archbishop of Newark

"Our Archdiocese in Indianapolis is 24,000 square miles, 39 counties so it meant that I had to get out. And it was important not simply to know the parishes, but we've had a great influx of Hispanic Catholics in the Archdiocese and my clergy isn't totally prepared for that, so during advent and lent I would go to parishes, and sometimes hear confessions until 1 a.m., simply because I get by in Spanish, and served the people. It was important too that the folks didn't feel that the Church's interest was only in the great cities, but in the people in the countryside.”
In this interview with NET TV, the affable and soft-spoken Cardinal Tobin said that, despite his remarkable curriculum, he still does not know why Pope Francis chose him, but that he will give it his best shot.

Archbishop of Newark

"I have to confess I don't have the slightest idea why he wants me to be a cardinal. Some of the things I could offer him, and perhaps offer the Church... A life that's been lived in many different cultures, and I enjoy that sort of living. I've always been privileged to have worked in places outside my own comfort zone. Perhaps too he knows how much I believe in his own vision for the Church, and I want to follow his example as a bishop.”

The past few weeks have been a true roller coaster of emotions for Cardinal Tobin, since his appointment as a cardinal came almost hand in hand with his new seat at the Newark Archdiocese .