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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.

Cardinal Connell, former Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland dies at 90


Cardinal Desmond Connell, the former Archbishop of Dublin has died at age 90. He peacefully passed in his sleep after battling a long illness.

Card. Connell was ordained in Dublin in 1951 and was appointed Archbishop of Dublin in January 1988, where he served until April 2004. 

He was proclaimed cardinal in the 2001 Consistory by Pope John Paul II and was a member in the conclave that elected Benedict XVI as pope in 2005.

As Archbishop, he was responsible for handling many of the Irish clerical sex abuse scandals and has been accused of a "delayed reaction” when handling some cases.  As a result, before he retired, the cardinal asked forgiveness from those he offended or from those who suffered from the abuse. 

Now, the number of cardinals is 225 with 118 of them under age 80 and able to vote in an eventual conclave.