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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.

Dozens of nations join Holy See to support the human rights of Christians in the Middle East

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Led by the Holy See, a coalition of nations released a statement called "Supporting the Human Rights of Christians and other Communities, particularly in the Middle East.” It was submitted before the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The statement calls on countries throughout the world to "support the deeply rooted historical presence of all ethnic and religious communities in the Middle East.” It says that Christian communities are particularly at risk.

Religious communities face a "serious existential threat” from ISIS, according to the statement. It continues to say that Christians are at risk of complete disappearance in the Middle East. 

Silvano Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said in a statement that the countries clearly wanted "to move toward an elimination of these violations.”

More than 50 nations signed on to the statement. They represented a diverse coalition: Somalia, Iraq, Cuba, the United States, and Australia were among the signees. They were led by the Russian Federation, Lebanon, and the Holy See.


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