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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.

6,609 convictions for human trafficking in the year 2015 and roughly 20 million victims

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Trafficking in Persons continues to be a major threat to Human Rights, according to the annual report published by the US Department of State. Last year, there were 6609 convictions for trafficking in persons, whereas the report estimates that there are 20 million victims of this crime.

Human trafficking encompasses a wide range of illegal activities, such as sex trafficking, forced labor and unlawful recruitment and child soldiers. The report, presented by Secretary of State John Kerry, aims to raise awareness of practices.

JOHN KERRY
US Secretary of State
"When we talk about human trafficking, we're talking about slavery. Modern day slavery, that still today claims more than 20 million victims, on any given time."

The report also divides countries into three tiers according to the extent of these practices within its borders, and what their governments are doing to prevent them.

Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons, who has championed the report, praised the work that was done in the Vatican Summit for Human Trafficking in the month of June.

SUSAN COPPEDGE
US Ambassador-at-Large to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons
"The summit explored the need for victim supported services, instead of punishments for crimes committed under duress. While Pope Francis has a unique ability to gather and rally diverse groups, leaders across communities, businesses, governments, and NGO's can likewise demonstrate the power of collaboration in fighting the scourge of modern slavery.”

The summit was attended by high-ranking officials from the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. Mexican and Italian prosecutors also participated.

The report also recognized the work of several organizations, including the Santa Marta Group, named after the Pope's residence. The group was formed in Rome during April 2014, when police chiefs and religious leaders came together, in the presence of Pope Francis, to sign a declaration committing themselves to a partnership to eliminate human trafficking in all its forms. 


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