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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.

Fernando Ocáriz is the new prelate of Opus Dei


Pope Francis has named Fernando Ocáriz Braña (72) prelate of Opus Dei. The pope confirmed the election of the third elective congress of the prelature on the same day.

He was born in Paris on October 27, 1944, to a Spanish family exiled in France due to the Civil War (1936-1939). He is the youngest of eight children. 

He graduated with a degree in Physical Sciences in 1966. He received a license in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1969 and a doctorate in Theology from the University of Navarre in 1971, the year he was ordained a priest. 

In the 1960s, as a theology student, he lived in Rome alongside St. Josemaría, the Founder of Opus Dei. 

In his first few years as a priest, he was especially involved in ministry with young people and university students.

Until yesterday, he was the auxiliary vicar of Opus Dei. Now he becomes the third successor of St. Josemaria at the head of the prelature, following the death of Javier Echevarría, this past December 12th.