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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: Gypsies are among the most vulnerable members of society

2014-06-05

On Thursday morning, Pope Francis welcomed the participants of the world gathering for pastoral care of Gypsies. They gathered in Rome for a two-day conference on the pastoral challenges facing them today.

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"The people with less protection are, in fact, the ones that fall in the traps of exploitation, forced begging and other forms of abuse. Gypsies are among the most vulnerable, especially with lacking assistance for integration or the promotion of the person, in various dimensions of civil life.”

The Pope said the Gospel calls on Christians to look after the weakest and marginalized. He cited the discrimination Gypsies face, among them restricted access to education, health care, employment and housing.  But he added that the Church cannot do it alone.

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"We know that it is a complex reality, but certainly the gypsy population is also required to contribute to the common good, and this is possible with adequate itineraries of co-responsibility, the observance of duties and the promotion of the rights of every person.”

Pope Francis called for a new pastoral approach from the Church to help overcome the challenges Gypsies face. But, he also called on local, national and international groups to help identify projects to improve their quality of life.


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