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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.

Benedict XVI receives new Ambassador of Spain to the Vatican

2012-06-18

His predecessor, Maria Jesús Figa presented her credentials just days before the beatification of John Paul II and accompanied the Spanish Princes to the ceremony.

Her time as ambassador was short but very intense, with Benedict XVI visiting Spain for World Youth Day in Madrid that was attended by nearly two million people.

The new ambassador, 54 year old Eduardo Gutiérrez graduated with a law degree and has served as a diplomat since 1985, working in Sudan, Uruguay and Mexico.

He has recently collaborated with Spain's Popular Party working in international politics.
During these seven years of Benedict XVI's pontificate, there have been four Spanish ambassadors: Jorge Dezcallar, Francisco Vázquez, Maria Jesus Figa and now Eduardo Gutiérrez.

The embassy of Spain to the Vatican is the oldest permanent diplomatic mission in the world. It was first opened in the year 1480 with Gonzalo de Beteta serving as its first ambassador. Over the years others have included intellectuals like Garcilaso de la Vega and military officers such as Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, known as the "Great Captain”.

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