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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.

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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