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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.

Pope meets with chiefs of police, nuns and bishops who work against human trafficking


The pope met with this rather heterogeneous group containing cardinals, marshals, nuns, and members of social organizations from 30 countries. This is the "Santa Marta Group." They are key players in the fight against all forms of trafficking: from the trade of human organs and body parts to prostitution.

"Thank you for this privilege of meeting you today.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is the president of this very active and effective group. They started their work two years ago at the request of the pope. They have two objectives: to pursue offenders and assist victims.

"The victims are men and women, often minors, exploited on account of their poverty and marginalization."

The pope denounced the continued growth in the number of trafficking victims, those who are robbed of their dignity as well as physical and mental integrity. It is estimated this number includes at least 21 million people.

It is one issue which the pope is very concerned about, and he managed to put it on the list of sustainable development goals the UN has set for 2030.

- BN