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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.

Pope pushes for reflection within the Vatican on human trafficking


This hand-written letter between Pope Francis and Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the idea for a conference came about. The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences will organize on November 2 and 3 a conference to analyze the problem of human trafficking, a wide-spread crime throughout the world.   

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences
"Fundamentally, there are three dimensions: one is the sale of weapons, the second is drugs, and the third is human trafficking. But it seems that, according to some, human trafficking is becoming the most lucrative of the three.” 

The Vatican will propose several ideas to be included in the Palermo Protocol, an agreement singed by over 100 countries to fight human trafficking. Some of those ideas come from Spanish professor Jose Lorente. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences
"There's one to create an archive with the DNA code for all missing persons, for children that are found without knowing where they come from, and there's many. And also for people who come forward and claim missing persons. Then, adding together all the genetic codes, naturally, we will find the parents and the child's origin.” 

Each year about two million people are victims of sexual exploitation, and nearly 60 percent are women. But the problem is not limited to poor countries. It has emerged as a worldwide issue. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences 
"It also affects the rich countries which create the demand. But it especially hurts the poor countries because they're the source for human traffickers.” 

International experts and researchers are expected to attend the conference. It'll the first of three separate events that will take place in the future.