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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.

Meet the first ever Refugee Olympic Team competing in Rio

2016-08-06

Lately, the use of the word "refugee” has been referenced in the media as a negative term for a marginalized group of people escaping some form of persecution.

YUSRA MARDINI
Refugee Olympic Team (ROT)
"When you’re an athlete you do not think if you’re Syrian, or from London or Germany you just think about your race and you have your lane, your swimming cap, your swimming clothes and that’s it.” 

These refugees are turning a new page as they make history. The world will soon officially recognize them as the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.

YOLANDE MABIKA
Refugee Olympic Team (ROT)
"My message to them would be not to give up on hope and to keep believing, to have faith in their hearts. We went through a lot of suffering in Congo, and this is still the case nowadays. This is the case of all the refugees around the world who are suffering from their family losses, from the wars, the killings.”

Many of these top-tier athletes would not have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games due to their refugee status. They will now have a place to call home together as they join 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village this year.

THOMAS BACH
IOC President
"The Olympic anthem will be played in their honor. The Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic stadium and in this way, we are convinced that this refugee Olympic team can send a symbol of hope. These refugee athletes will show to the world that despite the unimaginable prejudice that they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through their talents, skills, and strength of the human spirit.” 

This is an initiative lead by Thomas Bach, the president of  the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Bach set off to create a change in the midst of the current refugee crisis occurring around the world. 

In the last 20 years, the IOC and UNHCR have been using the aid of sports programs to help mobilize young refugees. 


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