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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.

Pope opens new protocol for the presentation of new ambassadors to the Holy See

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Benedict XVI has shown how the new protocol will work with 11 of the newest ambassadors. Usually, the pope would say a few words about the relationship with each country. This time he made a collective address.

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“Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Swiss Confederation, Burundi, Thailand, Pakistan, Mozambique, Kyrgyzstan, Principality of Andorra, Sri Lanka and Burkina Faso.”

During the meeting, the pope stressed the importance of solidarity for global development and called on the ambassadors to teach young people in their countries about ethical values.

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“I encourage everyone, whatever their level of responsibility, and especially to the governments, to be innovative, invest the necessary resources to give young people the fundamental ethical basis, that help to form and to fight against social evils such as unemployment, drugs, crime and lack of respect for people.”

In addition to nation states, the Vatican also sends representatives to the European Union, the Order of Malta, and maintains special relations with Palestine.

However, no diplomatic relations are held with countries like China, Saudi Arabia or North Korea.


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