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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.

World Leprosy Day: An illness that's dying out...

2015-01-24

It may seem like a disease from the past, an illness that's only limited to passages from the Bible, but even today thousands still suffer from leprosy. 

Sunday January 25th marks World Leprosy Day. It's a way to raise awareness about the disease- from causes to prevention.

The slow growing bacteria damages nerves, limbs, the skin and even the eyes. 

The good news is, huge improvements have been made. The latest data shows that worldwide, roughly 200,000 new leprosy cases were reported in 2013. The rate of curing the disease, has been quite impressive. In the last 20 years, 16 million people were cured from this limb weakening disease. 

In Africa the countries with the highest cases of leprosy are Angola, the Central African Republic and Tanzania. In Latin America, there's Brazil. In Asia: Nepal and India. In fact, India accounts for roughly half of the world's cases. 

World Leprosy Day is annually observed around the world on the last Sunday of January. It was initiated by Frenchman Raoul Follereau, back in 1954. 


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