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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.
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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.
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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.
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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.

Iraqi Families, children cross the desert to find refuge in Kurdistan

2014-08-25

Many Iraqis fleeing the massacre of the Islamic State spent days traveling through the desert mountains of Sinjar. Most of them made the treacherous journey barefoot and without water. Those who arrived in Kurdistan recalled the agony they suffered

NATHUM
Iraqi Refugee
"We had nothing. We were dying of thirst, hunger. There was nothing there. We have been walking for 12 days, many people died, we feel distraught."

Now they are safe and recovering from the exhausting journey. However, they carry wounds that cannot be easily healed, especially the children who witnessed the atrocities first hand. 

ZIDAN
Iraqi Refugee
"We had nothing. We had nothing until we reached here. On the way I saw many people who fell to the ground because they were thirsty.”

Several months ago, camps like this one in Bajet Kandela was occupied by Syrian refugees. Now, they are full of Iraqis, who live in over 1,500 tents.

24 members of this family survived the dangerous trek. Along with a 2 month old newborn, they spent six days traveling through the mountains with only one bottle of water. 

KHODR
Iraqi refugee
"We had one bottle of water and divided it among us, one bottle. Each person drinks water in the lid, just to have a sip and not die, that's it, just to survive."

The Middle East is suffering an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has been classified by the UN as "maximum level”. According to UNICEF, the scale and the type of violations against children, women and minorities in Iraq are among the worst seen in this century. 


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