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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.

Who has access to the Papal Apartment?


Four consecrated women, who are also members of the Communion and Liberation movement are in charge of domestic chores. There's also the Pope's two secretaries, Alfred Xuereb and Georg Gänswein. 

In his book, the Pope talks about celebrating daily Mass with them everyday. Normally they eat lunch together, watch the news an sometimes see a movie.

The Pope's butler, 46 year old Paolo Gabrielle also lived nearby, within Vatican walls. He too was in the Pope's close circle. He attended early Mass with the Pope at 7 am, before serving him breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He was also in charge of making sure that everything was in order at the Pope's apartment. His main responsibility was to assist the Pope throughout his day.

Other regular visitors who are able to come and go from the Papal apartments are the commander of the Swiss Guard, Daniel Rudolf Anrig, the inspector general of the Vatican police, Domenico Giani and the Pope's personal doctor, Patrizio Polisca.

Most recently, the three cardinals who were commissioned to investigate the leaks have also had access to the apartment. The cardinals include, Julián Herránz, Jozef Tomko and Salvatore de Giorgi. In fact, Benedict XVI personally granted them access as they took on the investigation.