Pope Francis Calls Consistory to Create 5 New Cardinals

In a surprise announcement on Sunday May 21, Pope Francis said he will hold a consistory to make five new cardinals on June 28. Two are Europeans—from Spain and Sweden—while the other three come from Africa (Mali), Asia (Laos) and Latin America (El Salvador). The names of the new cardinals-elect are: Jean Zerbo (age 74), archbishop of Bamako, Mali; Juan José Omella (71), archbishop of Barcelona, Spain; Anders Arborelius (68), bishop of Stockholm, Sweden; Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun (73), vicar apostolic of Paksé, Laos; and Gregorio Rosa Chávez (75), auxiliary bishop…

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Pope Francis arrives in Portugal for Fatima trip

Pope Francis has arrived in Portugal where he is to visit the shrine at Fatima, one of the world’s most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites. Two Portuguese Air Force F-16 fighter jets escorted the pope’s plane as it came in to land at the Monte Real Portuguese Air Force base, which lies amid pine forests a short distance from the rural town of Fatima. A guard of honor has lined up on the runway next to the plane. The pontiff’s first official event Friday is a brief private meeting with Portuguese…

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Coptic Pope Tawadros embarks on UK pastoral visit

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II begins his first pastoral visit to the UK on Friday. He is scheduled to visit Coptic parishes across the country, officiating at liturgical services and performing several consecrations, while also meeting with parishioners. Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, will receive Pope Tawadros on Friday and accompany him throughout his stay. The bishop said: “This is a historic visit, not only of the 118th Pope of Alexandria to the United Kingdom, but more personally for His Holiness Pope Tawadros,…

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Trump to meet Pope Francis on May 24

The Vatican had announced that President Donald Trump will meet Pope Francis during a visit later this month. “His Holiness Pope Francis will receive the Hon. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace,” the Vatican announced Thursday. “President Trump will then meet with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.”

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St Padre Pio relics to tour the United States

Relics of St. Padre Pio will soon be touring the United States, with stops at a number of dioceses during a two-part tour later this year. The relics will be on display for veneration between Masses at cathedrals across America from May 6-21 and again From September 16 – October 1 this year. The tour is taking place to commemorate the 130th anniversary of Padre Pio’s birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization. It is being sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation, which works to promote awareness of the…

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Our Lady of Fatima is coming to the United Nations The May 12 United Nations event is titled, “The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace,” and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One day before the May 13 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the United Nations. May 12 will mark the second time this particular statue has been to the United Nations, the first being in 1952. Among the presenters at the May 12 United Nations event is Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of EWTN’s Women of Grace. “As she [Our Lady] came to the world through her apparitions to the shepherd children, the 100th anniversary of which…

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Pope Francis to ordain priests in Vatican on 7 May

Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass on the morning of 7 May 2017, the 4th Sunday of Easter, during which he will ordain several transitional deacons to the priesthood. The Vatican’s Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff made the announcement on Thursday. The Rite for the Ordination to the Priesthood will take place at 9:15 AM in St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, will concelebrate with the Holy Father, along with the Vicegerente of Rome, Archbishop Filippo Iannone, and…

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Fatima seers to be declared saints on May 13

Pope Francis will preside at the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto on May 13 during his visit to Fatima, Portugal, the Vatican has confirmed. At an ordinary consistory on April 20, the Pope approved plans for the canonization of 35 people, including two of the three young children who witnessed the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Both died in their youth, not long after the apparitions. The third seer, Lucia Santos, became a Carmelite nun and lived until 2005. A separate cause for her canonization is underway.…

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Trump Seeks to Meet Pope Francis in May “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.”

US President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking to meet with Pope Francis in May, when the American leader will be traveling to Italy to participate in a meeting of G7 industrial leaders. Although no plans for a meeting have been announced—and Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said that no formal request for a papal audience had yet been received—White House officials confirmed that the President would ask for a meeting. Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican’s deputy secretary of state, said: “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who…

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Pope will wash prisoners’ feet at Holy Thursday service

Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at Paliano prison, south of Rome, during the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The Vatican announced on Thursday that the pope will travel to the penitentiary on the afternoon of April 13th for a private visit and the celebration of Mass marking Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples on the day before his Crucifixion. Pope Francis began the tradition of travelling to a prison for the traditional Last Supper Mass in March 2013, just a few days after the…

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