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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.

Chaldean patriarch pleads to Ban Ki-moon to help Iraqi Christian

2014-07-26

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking for help and protection from the United Nations.

The text, published online at Vatican Radio, thanked the Security Council for the resolution condemning the brutal repression by ISIS militants. 

In it, the Chaldean patriarch said Iraqi Christians "suffered a disproportionate share of hardship.” He also referred to the persecution of these ancient communities as ethnic cleansing.

However, Patriarch Sako said a resolution was not enough. He called on the UN to pressure the Iraqi government to protect all minorities, as well as to speed up distribution of "urgent” aid. He added that this process could up take more than a year, given the current situation.

His letter ends with a request to the UN to come up with ways to "protect and preserve our heritage, looted and burned by the militants.”

He published the letter alongside with a statement on behalf of all the Christian archbishops of Mosul of all denominations. In the statement, the prelates echoed the patriarch's call for greater protection from the government, and financial support. 

But the statement from Christian leaders in Mosul also called for compensation of damaged properties like churches and monasteries. They also called on Iraqis and the world to pressure militants to stop destroying places of worship, some of which date back centuries.


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