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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.

Pope on migrants: They have a right to emigrate, but also a right to stay home

2012-10-30

In his statement, the Pope describes migration as a right, but he also says every individual has the right of not having to leave their country to survive.

CARD. ANTONIO MARÍA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants

"No one leaves their country or their family with joy, they do so with great pain. Can anyone leave their family behind to go find a job and not suffer in the process? That's why we highlight that one also has the right to stay at home and not migrate. But sometimes the harsh reality gives people no other choice.”

In his message, the Pope tells refugees to have hope. He also invites them to put their trust in God.  When it comes to international community, he reminds people that humanitarian assistance should go hand in hand with spiritual care.

The Pope emphasized that immigrants contribute to society, but massive migrations can also give way to other dangers. That's why in his message, the Pope calls for efficient measures to eradicate human trafficking, especially that of women and children.


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