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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 on Death of Migrants: Do not ignore anyone in distress at sea

2015-02-11

It's a tragedy that's all too common. Migrants who crossed the Channel of Sicily in three boats like these died. The migrants were all between 15 and 25 years old. Many of them died from the cold, others drowned. Just 70 survived.

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"I remain concerned about the news from Lampedusa, where there have been more deaths amongst the migrants caused by cold during their journey across the Mediterranean. I wish to assure my prayers for the victims and once again encourage solidarity so that no one left without necessary aid.”

The migrants traveled in at least three small boats,  which were adrift at sea. One deflated and sank with 100 people on board. Two people managed to hold on for 12 hours and were saved. In another boat, twenty-nine people died from the cold while trying to reach the coast.

In July 2013, Pope Francis traveled to Lampedusa and highlighted new ways to help these migrants.


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