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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

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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How to arrive at Castel Gandolfo, where the pope spends his holidays

2012-07-22

There are many ways to reach the town. For example, when Benedict XVI departs for his holidays there, he usually does so on-board a Vatican helicopter.

It can also be easily reached by car or by bicycle. Many people choose to travel there by bike on the ancient Roman road of the Via Appia. 

A train also departs from Rome's main terminal that stops at Castel Gandolfo, making the town an easy day trip from the city. 

Once there, visitors can enjoy the scenic medieval town that overlooks Lake Albano. As well as other attractions such as the town square and church of St. Thomas which were both designed by the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.


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