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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.

Lithuanian Cardinal Audrys Bačkis turns 80 years old


The archbishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) Audrys Juozas Bakis turns 80 years old, and thus loses his right to enter a conclave.

His father was a diplomat, and in 1937, a year after the future cardinal was born, his entire family moved to Paris.

World War II, and the Soviet Union, prevented them from returning home until 50 years later.

Cardinal Bakis has been a diplomat of the Holy See for years, and has worked in the Netherlands, Nigeria, Turkey and Costa Rica.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, John Paul II appointed him archbishop of Vilnius, Lithuania. Since then, his priority has been to rebuild the structures of the Catholic Church in the country and to help those in need.

John Paul II made him a cardinal in 2001. 

Once they turn 80, Cardinals lose the right to vote in a conclave. The current number of cardinal electors stands at 119.