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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.

Thousands of Southeast Asian migrants stranded at sea

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These are the children caught in the middle of a major geopolitical crisis. They come from Bangladesh and Myanmar. 

They've lost everything. Now, all they have is their will to survive. They depend on UN refugee camps like these for food, water and medical care. 

For the last few weeks, they've come by boat to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Thousands though haven't made it. 

It's estimated that more than 7,000 are stranded at sea. At one point, some were actually turned back, literally while still on their boats. 

RUPERT COLVILLE 
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
"We're appalled at reports that Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have been pushing boats full of vulnerable migrants back out to sea, which will inevitably lead to many avoidable deaths.”

Even though some of these countries changed their policies after an international push back more still needs to be done. The Pope has called on the international community to help and to open its doors to those in need. 

POPE FRANCIS
"I continue to follow with great concern and sorrow in the heart of the story of the many refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. I express appreciation for the efforts made by those countries that have expressed willingness to welcome these people who are facing great suffering and danger.”

Those who have made it ashore are not sure about what their future holds.  Even those who were lucky enough to receive assistance, don't know where they will settle. 

The root cause of the crisis is debatable. While international reports claim that religious persecution against Rohingya Muslims is at fault, Myanmar says that human trafficking is to blame. 

As the unrest continues,  it's unlikely that the crisis will come to an end anytime soon.


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