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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.

Asian, African countries dominate top 10 list for Christian persecution

2013-01-09

Rounding out the top 10 are Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Maldives, Mali, Iran, Yemen and Eritrea.

The on-going civil war, that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, has landed Syria just one slot outside the top 10 at number 11. Two places behind at 13 is Nigeria, which has seen increasing violence towards Christians in the Muslim north of the country.

Meanwhile, the only country on the list outside of Africa or Asia is Colombia, at number 46, due to guerrilla violence against priests and Christians. Overall, Asia had the most countries on the list with 31, while Africa has 18, and South America has one.


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