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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.

FAO alert: 868 million people in chronic hunger

2013-06-19

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that 868 million people, 12.5 percent of world's population, suffers from hunger. 

In its report 'Food Systems for Better Nutrition”, the FAO estimates that two billion people suffer from some nutrition deficiency, and that 26% of children under five suffer from stunted growth caused by nutritional deficiencies. 

According to the organization, these are unacceptable figures. It says that abolishing hunger must be a priority for all. 

The FAO warns that, besides the obvious social costs, malnutrition holds an economic expense that could reach up to 5% of global gross domestic product. In order to avoid this, the application of simple measures would improve the situation. 

For example, the FAO insists, malnutrition can be fought by giving women greater control over their resources and income, as this would benefit their health and that of their children.

The organization also suggests food policies that increase agricultural productivity and measures to improve the nutritional outcome of supply chains, for more affordable, varied and nutritious food.


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