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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.

Msgr. Javier Echevarría, the last great collaborator of St. Josemaría


Msgr. Javier Echevarría died in Rome at 9:20 p.m. on Monday night. He was hospitalized since December 5 due to a lung infection. His condition worsened in the last hours, triggering respiratory failure.

Echevarría was 84 years old. He was born in Madrid in 1932. There he met St. Josemaría, for whom he was his secretary from 1953 to 1975.

Prelate of Opus Dei
"His message is that everyone needs to learn to be wherever they are, sanctifying everything there: their work, their family ties, their friendships, their contact with every person they meet.”

In 1994 he was elected prelate of Opus Dei. John Paul II ordained him a bishop on January 6 1995 in St. Peter's Basilica. 

For years he encouraged people to seek God in ordinary tasks. He also fostered projects throughought the world, especially in the fields of education and social works.

The provisional head of Opus Dei will now be auxiliary vicar Fernando Ocáriz. He will convene an elective congress to choose a new prelate. The election has to be confirmed by the pope.