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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.

Bulgarian president gives 440 pound Easter Egg to pope

2012-05-24

During the traditional exchanging of gifts, the pope was surprised when the president’s gift wouldn't fit in the meeting room. The two walked out to the corridor to see the 440 pound egg that measured more than 6 feet tall. It took two years to make, with more than 15 jewelers working on it. The egg is made of steel with some golden holdings and 2,000 ruby colored crystals.

In addition to the egg, the pope was also given an icon by members of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.  The two spoke in the pope's native language of German throughout the meeting.

Soon after, the pope also received Nikola Gruevski, the prime minister of Macedonia. He was accompanied by a delegation, and he went on to meet with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone afterward, the Vaticans Secretary of State.


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