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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 to intellectuals: “Create masterpieces out of your lives”


Before more than 14 hundred writers, artists, actors and musicians, Benedict XVI spoke about Portugal’s roots. He also focused on their responsibility to shape culture and the integral development of society.

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“Fidelity to man requires fidelity to the truth, which alone is the guarantee of freedom and of the possibility of integral human development.”

Benedict XVI said the North-South Center of the council of Europe, which has its headquarters in Lisbon, is a good example of that. The center promotes the cooperation between Europe, southern countries in the Mediterranean and Africa.

The pope also reminded Portuguese intellectuals that their talent touches the hearts of humanity and that they should not fear bridging the beauty of their work with the beauty of God.

The pope encouraged the art world in Portugal not only to create beautiful masterpieces but also to turn each of their lives into something beautiful too.

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“Create beautiful work, but above all, make your lives a place of beauty.”

In the end, the pope explained that the mission of the Church in the art world is to maintain the search for the truth and the lord alive.