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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.

World Refugee Day: 'When they're granted political asylum, the challenge isn't over'


Centro Astalli, President (Italy)
"From finding a place to sleep, somewhere to eat and a place to live with dignity. Even when they're processing or requesting political asylum, the challenge isn't over. It  continues after that.” 

Father Giovanni La Manna is the president of Centro Astalli in Italy, which is one of the most important refugee centers in the country. He says, the issue of immigration and refugees is universal one, but it's often manipulated by politicians. Despite it being a hot button issue, he says, something must be done. 

Centro Astalli, President (Italy)

"In the Italian island of Lampedusa, fishermen refer to an area as a cemetery. When they throw their nets out on the sea, sometimes they find human remains.”

During a panel discussion, he said he finds it ironic that a pair of glasses or merchandise can be easily shipped from one country to another. But when it comes to people, it becomes something extremely complicated.

Centro Astalli, President (Italy)

"People need to understand who these refugees are. Who are these immigrants? At a political level, we need to keep those in charge accountable. The dignity and rights of refugees must be respected.”

To raise awareness, the Jesuit Refugee Service has organized an event in Rome's Chiesa Gesu. There, on the facade of the parish, a digital projection of the refugee experience, will be shown, at night, until June 21st.