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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 urges judges to combat drugs, even if they are threatened by mafias


The pope met with judges, doctors, politicians and various experts, who for two days have debated different strategies to end drug trafficking.

Earlier, he greeted one of the organizers of the meeting, Queen Silvia of Sweden.

"Your Majesty, I am pleased to see you."
"How is it going?"
"Well, very well, I wanted to say hello to you."

During his speech, Pope Francis called for courage and measures to be taken to act against drug-producing mafias, and also especially against distributors.

"To do this, the only way is to trace the chain that leads from the small-scale drug trade to the most sophisticated forms of laundering, nesting in the financial capital and banks that are dedicated to the laundering of dirty money.”

The pope told them about a judge who, when he began his case investigation, received strong threats against his family. However, he asked them not to be afraid to defend young people and children.

He called on governments to be tough and effective against drugs, because once they are in society, it is very difficult to eliminate them. He gave the example of his home country of Argentina, which began with transit, then became a consumer and finally even a producer.

The pope recalled that drugs "eventually become a poison, which corrodes, corrupts and kills." But he asked that people with addictions not be treated as "broken objects," and that in order to heal, they must "be appreciated in his or her dignity."

"Drug abuse is a scourge in our society, which traps many people in its nets. They are victims who have lost their freedom in exchange for this slavery, the slavery of a dependency that we might define as 'chemical.'"

According to the most recent UN data, in 2013, one out of every 20 people between ages 15 and 64, had used drugs. In total, that is 246 million people, three million more than the previous year.

- BN