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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.

U.S. condemns genocide committed against Christians by Islamic State and Boko Haram

2016-08-11

The United States calls the Islamic State and Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group associated with Daesh, "one of the most egregious violators of religious freedom in the world.”

These were the statements made in an annual report by the United States Department of State on international religious freedom. The paper analyzes the degree of freedom of religion that exists in every country, by studying their laws and their governments.

The U.S. government has already commented on other occasions on this "genocide” against religious minorities being committed by the Islamic State. International organizations such as Aid to the Church in Need agree that using this more forthright term can help shed light on the situation of persecuted religious minorities.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need, Italy
"It is our duty to recognize the genocide at an international level, at the level of the European Union, which has already recognized it, and at a country level, because recognizing this drama is the first step to mobilizing and intervening.”

The report warns about the terrorist group Boko Haram, which is gaining strength in numbers and committing more atrocities in sub-Saharan Africa.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need, Italy
"Last year, a report issued a statement classifying the Boko Haram as the world's deadliest terrorist organization, with the highest number of deaths. In addition, Boko Haram not only commits their acts in Nigeria, but we have evidence that they have spread to Niger, Cameroon and Chad, and they need to be stopped.”

The report also criticized some European governments, such as Hungary and Slovakia, for attempting to discriminate against refugees because of their religious beliefs.


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