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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.

Pope blesses statue of St. Rafaela Porras

2010-01-20

The pope blessed the new statue, which stands at the Vatican outside St. Peter’s Basilica. He encouraged all to follow in the Spanish saints footsteps. She was the co-founder of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The statues is 6 meters tall and made out of marble from northern Italy. Marcos Duenas, the sculptor, says it symbolizes St. Rafaela’s evangelical mission.
In the statues right hand, is a bible she is offering to a young girl. According to Duenas, it symbolizes the Christian education, the Saint gave society during her time. As for the ears of wheat represents the Eucharist and the deep life of prayer in this Andalusian saint.

Saint Rafaela Maria Porras Ayllon was born in Cordoba, Spain. In 1877 she founded the Congregation of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For several years she was superior of the congregation, but soon left the post to her sister.

Saint Rafaela Porras was canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI and today she has her own statue in, the first statue of a Andalusian saint decorating the Vatican.

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