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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 to mayors: We cannot separate care for the environment from care for people

2015-07-21

Pope Francis participated in a global meeting of mayors about climate change and human trafficking. His encyclical, "Laudato Si,” was a major inspiration for the mayors who attended the conference.

He explained to them that before all else, his encyclical is a social document.

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"Faced with the question, I said, "No, it is not a green encyclical. It is a social encyclical because it is about the social environment, the social life of humanity. We can not separate taking care of the environment. Moreover, taking care of the environment is a social attitude.”

When the environment is treated poorly, the Pope said that the consequences affect all people. He explained that climate change, poverty, and human trafficking are all interrelated. For this reason, he said that it's important for them to take part in a global struggle.

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"One of the things that you notice when the environment and Creation are not maintained is the excessive growth of cities. It is a global phenomenon. Large cities become large but increasingly surrounded by poverty. There is more suffering because of the effects of environmental neglect.”

Deforestation, the Pope said, is an example of excessive "technification.” He added that it takes the dignity of work away from people and forces them into poverty. This sort of desperation drives them into human trafficking as a way to improve their future.

Hopefully the international community will address the issue, the Pope said.

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"I would say that it is necessary for the United Nations to be involved. I have high hopes for the Paris summit in November, that a fundamental and basic agreement can be reached.”

Before leaving, the Pope signed a joint declaration with more than 60 mayors. They vowed to take more steps to fight human trafficking and to make their cities more sustainable.


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