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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.

UN: One million Syrian children are now refugees

2013-08-23

The three-year civil war in Syria reached a grim milestone. According to the United Nations agency for refugees,there are now one million Syrian children who have been displaced in the on-going conflict.   

This news comes as the UN investigates claims that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels. 

AYA 
Syrian Refugee 
"They began to bomb our house. We couldn't stay there any longer, we were crying a lot. Afterward we came here.” 

Eight-year-old, Aya and her family fled to tiny Lebanon, and are now dependent on aid agencies to survive. The United Nations says that of the one million children refugees, nearly three fourths of them are under 11 years old. 

Their forced exodus means interruptions to their education and welfare, as well as uncertainty over their immediate and long-term futures. Often times, these children and their families leave the comforts of their own home and face poor conditions in refugee camps. 

FATIMA 
Syrian Refugee 
"The children get fevers from the dirt and bacteria. They are always scratching.” 

As the war continues, the number of refugees increases, straining already tight resources in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. 

The UN says over the past few months, Syrian refugees have taken even greater risks to escape the violence, making dangerous trips to places like Italy. 

They called on both sides fighting in Syria to stop targeting civilians, and to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict. They also stressed the need for more funding to care for the one million children and their families who have fled the war. 


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