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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.

Experts at Vatican warn: Part of the planet's species could be extinct in the 21st century


Scientists and biologists from around the world have signed an alarming joint statement at the Vatican. They warn that a quarter of all species are in danger of extinction, and that half of them could disappear in this century. 

Most endangered species are invisible to the human eye, but are crucial to environmental equilibrium.

Pontifical Academy of Sciences
"We think that there's an infinite pool of resources that Mother Earth has, so we can take as much as we like, and use it for our purposes. And that is the tension between the now and the tomorrow, us and our descendants.”

Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences
"The conclusions say that the main people responsible for extinction are those who use energy derived from fossil materials, for example the rich. But indirectly, even the poor do, when they are forced to sell forests, sometimes at absurd prices, in order to survive. Or when using agriculture that dispenses with modern techniques.”

According to their statement, the solution is change: using clean energy and farming techniques that are less aggressive to the environment. Large cities deserve a separate chapter, because they need to undergo a large, and ambitious, ecological conversion. 

Over the last few months, the Vatican has promoted congresses on the right to water, organ and human trafficking, and even astronomy. 

The aim is to encourage intellectuals to exchange their ideas, and join forces to promote improvements and positive changes in today's world, taking into consideration the pope's encyclical Laudato si'.