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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.

About 500,000 refugees could be helped by Pope Francis' proposal

2015-09-07

Pope Francis' call for all European parishes and other religious institutions to house refugees would require a massive mobilization on the Old Continent.

CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
"There are about 750 dioceses in Europe approximately. And if every parish received a family, at least half a million migrants would be helped. It is a huge number.”

The Vatican department charged with caring for immigrants and itinerants is studying how to actually carry out Pope Francis' proposal. He suggested the first step would be to explain the message to the bishops and their dioceses.

CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
"The Pope's appeal really is revolutionary. Because it helps people to understand that this isn't a distant problem where they shouldn't be part of the solution. It's something that everyone has to help resolve.”

The principal obstacle would be practical bureaucratic concerns. In the first place, the refugees would have to be accepted by the state that the specific church is in. And the actual size of the ambition is enormous.

CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
"I hope that this idea can be realized but there are government aspects that don't depend on the Church. I do not believe that it is as simple as a parish finding a family and saying, 'Come to our parish.' Who would make that decision? How do you do that?”

While it's unclear if it can actually happen on a broader scale, Pope Francis has already announced that two parishes in the Vatican will set an example by supporting two families. They will not only give them a roof over their heads and a job to integrate them into society, but above all, dignity.


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