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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.

Yazidi woman who escaped ISIS slavery named UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

2016-09-21

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is a 23-year-old Yazidi woman whose life forever changed on the harrowing night of August 3, 2014. ISIS fighters came to her village in northern Iraq, where she was taken from her home, only to be kidnapped, sold, and raped. 

At an induction ceremony in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized Nadia’s courage to give a voice to the voiceless. 
 
NADIA MURAD BASEE TAHA
ISIS survivor, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
"I stand with you today to represent those who are gone from us. We cannot bring them back. With them in mind always we’ll fight on, we have to continue fighting."

On the Occasion of the International Day of Peace, Nadia was named the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Under this title, she will focus on advocacy initiatives and raise global awareness to the millions of victims of trafficking.

NADIA MURAD BASEE TAHA
ISIS survivor, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
"As you have heard the night of August 3, 2014, everything changed. Daesh (ISIS) came to kidnap, to murder, to rape. This was genocide. It is that simple in a matter of days if not hours, thousands of Yazidis were killed and thousands of women and children were taken just because they were Yazidis. I was taken to Mosul with others, I was used in the way they wanted to use me, I was not alone, and perhaps I was the lucky one. As time passed I found a way to escape whereas thousands of others could not. They are still captive.”

Nadia is a survivor that is now telling her story to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, her experiences are not unfamiliar to thousands of other Yazidis that continue to be killed because of their non-Islamic leanings.

AMAL CLOONEY
Human Rights Lawyer
"I am ashamed as a supporter of the United Nations that States are failing to prevent or even punish genocide because they find that their own interests get in the way. I am ashamed as a lawyer that there is not justice being done and merely a complaint being made about it. I am ashamed as a woman that girls like Nadia can have their bodies sold and used as battlefields. I am ashamed as a human being that we ignore their cries for help.”

In 2014, over 5,200 Yazidis were abducted and at least 3,400 are still in ISIS captivity. Most of the captives are women.


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