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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 apologizes to refugees for “the closure and indifference of our societies”

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The Astalli Center, in the heart of Rome, has been aiding refugees worldwide since 1981. It is part of the Jesuit Refugee Service founded by the then-general of the Jesuits, Father Pedro Arrupe.

On the 35th anniversary of this iconic institution, the Pope sent a video message to the refugees, volunteers, employees and friends of the center. 

Pope Francis reminds that all people that have been forced to flee their homelands are brothers with whom we "share bread, homes and life.” At the same time, he apologized.

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"Too many times you have not been welcomed! Forgive the closure and indifference of our societies that fear the change in lifestyle and mentality that requires your presence. You are treated like a burden, a problem, a cost, but are, instead, a gift.”

For the Pope, the Astalli Center is an model example of a place that hosts and takes care of refugees. This is why he invited those that continue to bare witness to "the beauty of this encounter.”

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"Continue walking alongside them in their journey. Accompany them and be guided by them: Refugees know the ways that lead to peace, because they know the acrid odor of war.”

Finally, he asked them to continue the work that they have been doing during the past 35 years, in their continuous ways of helping society listen the voices of refugees.

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