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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.

How is Caritas helping in Mali? More than 40,000 locals depend on help from this charity

2013-01-27

FABRIZIO CAVALLETTI 

Caritas Italy 
"The most important thing is food and water. Also health and hygiene kits to prevent diseases that given the situation, could be quite dangerous.” 

At least 400,000 people have fled their homes and many of them are being helped by Caritas, but in neighboring countries. In fact Caritas closed its headquarters in Mali for several days, as the violence peaked. 

FABRIZIO CAVALLETTI 
Caritas Italy
"It's a very difficult situation. We can't reach all the areas in need because there are serious security problems and armed conflicts.” 

According to official figures, more than 40,000 people from Mali, completely depend on help from Caritas. Along with other institutions, the Catholic charity is asking Mali's government to open a 'humanitarian pathway'. 

FABRIZIO CAVALLETTI 
Caritas Italy 
"We want this humanitarian pathway, to ensure that aid reaches all the people who are paying the consequences of this conflict. But so far it hasn't been possible to open this corridor, so we're still facing many challenges.” 

The current conflict is feeding another problem that was already dramatic as it is. Two years ago, Africa's Sahel region suffered a harsh famine epidemic that affected about 18 million people, a crisis that has not yet been resolved. 


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