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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 explains the keys of his reform during Christmas address to the Curia


Every year, in his Christmas address to the Curia, Pope Francis takes the opportunity to give a few guidelines on the work attitude that he wants the pope's collaborators to have. This time, he was very clear: he doesn't want a change of staff, he wants a change of culture. 

"We can't accomplish the reform of the curia by replacing the staff, which is something that has always happened, but with every person's personal transformation. Without a change of mentality, material effort is useless.”

The pope also spoke about three ways of opposing the reform: an "open” way, with good will and dialogue; in a "hidden” way, which means saying that you accept the changes but you don't apply them; and third, with malice. 

"This last kind of resistance uses many words of justification, and in many cases, words of accusation. It hides in tradition, in appearances, in formality, in what we already know, or in taking things in a personal way, with no distinction of act, actor, and action.”

The pope has spoken about twelve criteria with which he is tackling the reform. They go from "personal conversion,” to "rationality,” to "professionalism” and "gradualness.”

After that, he detailed all the structural reforms that he has launched, from the creation of the Council of cardinals, to the renewal of Holy See communications.

At the end, he greeted all of the attendees one by one and he gave them a book about curing the diseases of the soul.

Cardinal Ivan Dias thanked him for the book in this way. 

Everyone had his eyes set on Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has threatened the pope with a "formal correction,” if he doesn't explain some concepts of his Apostolic Letter "Amoris Laetitia.”

- BN