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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.

Remembering Cardinal Van Thuan: The most important testimony we can offer is our forgiveness

2011-09-16

"I just did what I could, that is, to bear witness to my faith and especially the love of Christ. I think thats the only thing that can change hearts. Earlier you asked me about this cross I bear. The pieces of wire were actually cut out by the prison guards. They brought me tweezers and together, we wove it together for four hours. The most important testimony we can give is love, forgiveness and reconciliation. To forget the past and look ahead so we can build our country together and build a world thats more beautiful. As I said the other day, the future is much more exciting than the past.”

In 1988 he was sentenced to house arrest.  Then in 1991, the government allowed him to travel to Rome, but he wasnt allowed to go back to Vietnam.

John Paul II welcomed him and appointed him a cardinal.

He died on September 16, 2002.

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