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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.

Pope: “The coming of Christ rips the world of darkness”


Benedict XVI
“Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to welcome this first general audience of the new year and I wholeheartedly wish you and your families my heartfelt Christmas greeting.”

The pope went on to say that the sense of joy and light one feels during the season, comes from the moment God became man.

Benedict XVI
 “Christmas is the time when Heaven and Earth meet and expressions of joy we feel during these days reflect the greatness of what has happened.”

Through the Eucharist, said the pope, God once again, truly becomes present in the world.

Benedict XVI
"The coming of Christ rips the world of darkness, it fills the Holy night with glow and it spreads the splendor of God on  mankind.”

Among the thousands of people, there was a choir group from the U.S that sang a short carol for the pope.