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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.
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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.
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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.
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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.

Young Michelangelo's Crucifix

2009-04-02

It was guarded for centuries as an object of private devotion by a family of Florence. In the past years the Italian State purchased it for 3 million Euros.

There are no documents that can reveal the paternity of this sculpture. But after 15 years of study and stylistic comparison, a group of historians have concluded that it must be Michelangelo who made it, when he was around 20 years old.

Cristina Acidini
Director, Museum Network of Florence
In this muscular and proportionate anatomy one can see the results of studies carried out directly on cadavers, and the early stylistic characteristics that would be fully developed in the Pietà in the Vatican, or in the marble David.

The Italian parliament has opened its doors for a month to this beautiful work.