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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.

50 children are abducted and recruited into armed groups each month in Iraq

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From UNICEF, a new report states that one out of five children in Iraq are at risk of injury, abduction, and recruitment into armed groups. Many families have been forced to flee their homes since the violence of the war broke out in 2014. 

JUSTIN FORSYTH
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
"UNICEF is on the ground; we are helping rehabilitate hundreds of schools, we are training teachers, and we are also doing informal schools for children who are being displaced. I mean, right across this region, not just in Iraq, but in Syria, in Lebanon, there are children now that have been out of school for years.” 

With that said, Forsyth says that UNCEF is doing its part in bridging the divide and bringing educational and humanitarian aid to those in need. In fact, the Iraq conflict has left over 3.5 million children simultaneously displaced from their schools and homes. 

JUSTIN FORSYTH
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
"We have to reach the targets. I mean these children need our support. Whether they need water or food or protection or they need help to go back to school or to learn, even when they are displaced in camps, they desperately need our help. And I think when the world knows and they hear about their stories, I think they do respond. I think the public are very generous all around the world, and governments need to step up to the mark and provide more resources to help these children caught up in the conflict in Iraq.”

Around 1,496 children and counting have been abducted in Iraq over the past two years. Which means that about 50 children are taken each month. In response, UNICEF has launched an appeal for 100 million US dollars to fund their efforts in Iraq.


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