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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.

Pope asks to not use religion to justify violence

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He specifically said he was worried about aggressions against Christians in parts of India. That’s why the pope asked religious leaders to focus their efforts on helping the faithful to live a more saintly life.

The pope also spoke about the economic crisis and asked the ambassadors not forget poor countries that are worse off today because of the recession.

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"For globalization to work properly, a strong international solidarity is necessary between rich and poor countries and also within each country, even rich ones."

In his view, the crisis can spur new violence in the face of the desperation of the scarcity of resources.

In his letter to the ambassador of South Africa, the pope said that the Catholic Church is still active in the campaign against the spread of the AIDS virus and highlighted fidelity in matrimony and abstinence as the best means to combat the disease.

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