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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.

Ultimatum for Christians in Mosul: convert to Islam or leave the city

2014-07-19

The few Iraqi Christians that remained in Mosul received a threatening letter, posted online at Assyrian/Chaldean news site ankawa.com. Sunni militants from the Islamic State issued the text, an ultimatum for Christians: either convert to Islam, or pay the equivalent of $750 per adult male, as a sort of "protection fee.”

But it's not just Christians, Sunni extremists also targeted Shia Muslims. According to the letter, by Saturday, militants will confiscate the homes of those that haven't made a decision.

Sources close to the Chaldean Church told the Vatican's Fides agency that very few Christians remain in the city. They added that the threat from militants is not the reason people have fled to the safety of neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan.

Government forces have intensified air assaults on the city, cutting off essential services like water, a situation aggravated by the high temperatures associated with this time of the year. 


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