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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

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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John Paul II and Benedict XVI in the media

2009-07-15

Giovanni Tridente
Author

I think the media’s coverage was in tune with the personality of John Paul II.

Norberto Gonzalez Gaitano
Professor, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

The Church went from being in the corner to having an unprecedented public image. This poses a different situation. It has its risks, too, because the Church could suffer from excessive publicity.

This interest waned in some parts of the media  with the election of Benedict XVI, who had a less media-friendly personality than his predecessor. But that doesn’t mean the pope does not appreciate the importance of the media.

Norberto Gonzalez Gaitano
Professor, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Benedict XVI, in my opinion, is completely aware of this. That people need to get the real image of the Church, which is certainly young and alive, but faces difficulties.

During the conclave in the aftermath of John Paul II’s death there were some 9,000 journalists in the city of Rome. Information on the pope and the Catholic church continues to flow. And proof that the mass public still has access to it are the 400 accredited journalists from 35 countries in the Holy See’s press office.


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