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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.

Global Humanitarian meeting at Vatican, experts looking for ideas on solidarity

2016-02-23

The Global Solidarity and Restoring Humanity event held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences took place on February 22, 2016, in the Vatican. This event brought together religious leaders and experts from all over the world to highlight their joint request to meet global humanitarian needs and concerns.
 
KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"We need everyone to recognize that this is more responsibility and it is also in our self-interest. At this level of fragility in the world, no more is somebody else' problem is just somebody else' problem. It has a global impact and we don't have to look any further than Europe to recognize the magnitude of this impact.”

The purpose of this event is found in exploring the bridges that inspire the unity and growth of governments, communities, civil groups and private companies to do more to reduce the injustices of human beings. 

Today, there are over 60 million people struggling and displaced by conflicts on a global scale. That amount of people marks the equivalent Italy's entire population.  

ERTHARIN COUSIN
World Food Programme, Executive Director
"What the Church... this Church and other faith leaders can provide is the catalyst that will drive that global public will that is necessary to ensure our ability to an entire global community to achieve humanitarian outcomes.”

Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis alike are growing at an even faster rate. In 2013, there were close to a thousand major natural disasters. 

FILIPPO GRANDI
UNHCR, High Commissioner 
"There was incredible comfort and pride when the Pope choose Lampedusa as his first trip. You know, that was a powerful message.”

With issues regarding Humanitarian Financing, the panel gives hopeful advice on how all of the society can work together to better deliver assistance to grant the needs of all people in need. 

KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"Last year the world has provided us $25 billion dollars for humanitarian actions. This generosity has never been so inefficient. The gap today is $15 billion dollars. And we believe that it is a solvable problem. We can mobilize resources from governments, from private sectors, and using more innovation in financing humanitarian actions to fill this gap.”

Despite the great generosity aimed at the aid of  humanitarian financing, these needs are still not close to being met. In fact, in Africa and the Middle East food rations have been cut down.  

The first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul in May 2016.


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