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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.

Carrete Hope: Reflecting on migration, refugees through art

2014-02-23

It's estimated that in the past few years, about 20,000 African immigrants have died, as they made their way to Europe. It's one tragedy, followed by another. Many flee from Libya or Tunisia to escape hunger. Others escape wars in Syria, Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

Off the coast of Italy, at least one boat arrives every day to either the city of Lampedusa or  Syracuse under dangerous and sometimes inhumane conditions. 

That's why a group of artists, led by Michele  Ciacciofera and François Koltès, have launched an initiative titled 'Carrete Hope.' The purpose is to use concerts, conferences and even art exhibits to trigger discussions about immigration. 

One of the planned exhibits will feature a huge structure made out of leftover boat scraps, from the same boats that once arrived to the Sicilian Coast. 

It will be one of the main attractions: A structure surrounded by silence and waves. It's a combination that organizers hope, will lead to reflection. 

The exhibit will kick off on June 25th off the coast of Syracuse. Then on July 14th, a Mass will be celebrated on the island of Lampedusa, on a boat. 


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