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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.

Religious Liberty Report: India and Africa show bad standing

2012-10-25

India and countries in Africa rate the lowest when it comes to religious freedom. Recently tensions have risen in some of those areas and actually professing one's faith in public can cost one their very life.

India has experienced an escalation of religious violence Even though Islamic extremists are the most known, they are not alone.

JOHN DAYAL
Secretary General, All India Christian Council

"In India there are 26 million Christians and about 150 million Muslims, who are victims of a new and emerging Hindu fundamentalist group of  militant extremists. The Hindu and Muslim groups clash and Christians are caught in the middle.”

John Dayal knows the situation quite well, especially in the Indian state of Orissa, where there has been major violence in recent months.

JOHN DAYAL
Secretary General, All India Christian Council

"The state of Orissa, has 56,000 people who ended up homeless, 400 villages were taken from all Christian presence. Catholics were raped, 100 people were killed, 500 or 600 houses were burnt, 300 churches were destroyed. And the state has not acted as it should have. The world didn't give it the importance it should have.”

With this report, Aid to the Church in Need, hopes to draw attention to the lack of religious freedom in the world, which is reflected in conflicts that simply cannot be ignored.


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