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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 redesigns formation program for future priests


This 91-page guide contains the new keys to selecting and training future priests in seminaries, after 46 years of using the previous requirements.

According to the person in charge of the text, Card. Beniamino Stella the document has two important ideas:

  • That attaining objectives is not tied to "the time spent in the seminary or to the studies completed,” but rather to an "overall integral maturity,” that he has received the characteristics that pertain to priestly identity and has a "Christian and priestly maturity.” 

  • Among other things, bishops and seminary rectors must ensure that the candidates meet both human and emotional conditions for exercising the priestly life: from living out the call to celibacy, to being willing to generously spend for the sake of others.

In this way the Vatican confirms that bishops should not ordain seminarians to priests who have "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies."

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