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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.

Idomeni: hiding in shame, as Europe closes its doors on refugees fleeing war

2016-03-10

Neither the sea, nor cold, nor the long hours on foot or indifference can stop a father who seeks the best for his child. Even though, he has to carry him. It is a reality that this Syrian family is facing. 

AMIR MOUSTAFA
Syrian refugee
"It’s a difficult situation. I want to get him treatment, as soon as possible. He is my only son.” 
 
After arriving in Greece, they have hit a wall, with a closed Macedonian border and a threat that the European Union might deport them to Turkey. They say they will not hold out for long in  Idomeni, because the conditions are deplorable.

AHLAM RAJI RASHID
Syrian refugee
"What am I to do? I don’t have a solution. I don’t have a solution. How will I get him treatment? I’ll wait, I’ll wait. Four, five days and then I’ll go back to Syria. If I stay here waiting in the tents, my son won’t be able to handle it. He cries a lot.”

UNHCR recalls that these people are not economic migrants but refugees fleeing wars that are far from resolved. And like this family, they are seeking a better future for their only child, who is seriously ill.

UNICEF warns that it is essential to protect the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable like,  Alan.

SARA CROWE
UNICEF
"The fundamental principal of ‘do no harm’ must apply every step of the way. This means that first and foremost, children’s rights to claim international protection should be guaranteed, children should not be returned if they face risks such as – and including detention, forced recruitment, trafficking and exploitation.” 

The UN has warned that blocking returning refugees is prohibited. The European Union could go against international treaties on human rights as the Geneva Convention of 1951 and the 1967 Protocol did relating to the Status of Refugees and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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