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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.

Extremist Islamic group damage another UNESCO site in Timbuktu, Mali

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This last incident, is one of several recent attack against UNESCO World Heritage sites in that area.

IRNIA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

"There are mausoleums, there are mosques, manuscripts which represent an enormous value for humanity, and it’s totally unacceptable what is happening there.”
Timbuktu is in the West African state of Mali. Since the 12th century, it has been considered the cradle of Islamic learning. Especially since thousands of Islamic manuscripts and texts have been found there.

In 1988, it was declared a World Heritage site. In fact, just days before the attacks began, it was added to the list of landmarks that run the risk of  not having proper conservation. Now UNESCO is trying to rally support to stop the attacks.

IRNIA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

"It's mobilizing international support of political and religious leaders.”

The rebel group argues that the shrines promote idol worshiping.

This unrest in Northern Mali, comes after former president Amadou Toumani was ousted by a military coup last March. Since then, rebels and Islamic groups have been fighting to seize control of the area.

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