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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

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.

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.

Benedict XVI explains Easter season


The resurrection is the greatest of God’s mighty acts in history;mysterious beyond all imagining, it is also a real event attested by trustworthywitnesses who in turn became messengers of this Good News before the world. Inevery generation, the Gospel of Christ, crucified and risen, must constantly beproclaimed anew. Each of us, as a disciple of Christ, is called to testify tothe reality and power of the new life bestowed by the Risen Lord upon those whobelieve. Saint Mark, at the end of his Gospel, tells us that the Lord "workedwith" the Apostles, and "confirmed the message by the signs whichaccompanied it" (Mk 16:20). Today too, the Risen Christ wishes towork with us, so that we may reflect his words in our words and reveal the powerof his love by our actions. During this Easter season, may our personalencounter with the Lord deepen our faith, hope and love, and inspire us toproclaim, with our lips and in our lives, the Good News that "Christ istruly risen!".I offer a warm welcome to the newly-ordained deacons from the PontificalIrish College, together with their families and friends. Dear young deacons: maythe grace of your ordination conform you ever more fully to the Lord in humbleobedience and faithful service to the building up of the Church in your belovedhomeland. Upon all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Audience,especially those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Malta, Croatia,Australia, Japan and the United States, I invoke the joy and peace of the RisenChrist!