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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.

New Memoirs as John Paul II’s Beatification Moves Closer

2009-04-06

The book is called "My Life with Karol.”


Gian Franco Svidercoschi
Co-author, "A Life with Karol”

In my opinion, I don’t know if he’ll admit  it one day, he wanted to write this book to continue in some way spiritual dialogue with
his beloved John Paul II.


Among his memories are discreet ski excursions with John Paul II; and hints that the KGB gave Ali Agca the order to kill the pope, as well as how John Paul II reacted to September 11.


Episodes that, till now, were only known to a few, privileged Vatican officials in charge of his canonization process - a process, which is soon to conclude its local phase.


Cardinal José Saraiva Martins
Prefect, Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Cardinal Ruini, in charge of causes for the diocese of Rome, told me some time ago that he believes that this phase will be complete in April.


According to Church officials, the first phase of Pope John Paul’s beatification – known as his ‘cause’ – may be declared finished as soon as  April 2nd, the second anniversary of John Paul’s death.


Every beatification has two major phases:  The first, at the local level, can take years to complete.  But because of John Paul’s evident sanctity, this process has almost ended.  That’s according, Monsignor Slawomir Oder, who is in charge of the process, along with Cardinal Saraiva. 


Cardinal José Saraiva Martins
Prefect, Congregation for the Causes of Saints
The people working on  the cause, the postulator of the commission, have put together all the documents necessary for the study the new blessed: his life, his holiness, heroic virtue.


Now all the data necessary for John Paul II’s cause, including at least one reported miracle, will be sent to Rome for closer scrutiny.  


Cardinal José Saraiva Martins
Prefect, Congregation for the Causes of Saints
In this phase, all the information assembled in the diocesan phase is studied.  Elements of the dicastery called upon include a congress of theology, we have a historical commission, a south American commission – where there is a possible miracle.


That process will take time.  But if the past few months are anything to go by, it won’t be as long as some people might think.