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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.

Who are the new cardinals?

2012-11-22

His Beatitude Béchara Boutros al-Rahï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, from Lebanon, is the eldest of the new cardinals at 72 years old. He was elected Patriarch of the Maronites in the spring of 2011. During the Pope's recent visit to the Land of Cedars, he represented the country's largest Catholic community.

Ruben Salazar Gómez was appointed archbishop of Bogotá since July 2010, and President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia since 2008. He is 70 years old and a bishop since 1992.

John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, has served as archbishop of Abuja since 1992. Born in Kabba, Nigeria, he is 68 years old and a bishop since 1982. He has chaired the Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, and the Association of the Member Episcopal Conferences of East Africa. He is described as one of the most charismatic bishops in Africa.

James Michael Harvey was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 64 years ago. He's been Prefect of the Papal Household since 1998. Harvey's duties include setting the Pope's agenda and welcoming the heads of state. Following the consistory Benedict XVI will also appoint him the Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Luis Antonio Tagle is archbishop of Manila (Philippines) since October 2011. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 2001. He is only 55 years old, and is the second youngest cardinal, surpassed by one of the other cardinal designates:

Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, is 53 years old. He is the Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankara in India since 2007.

These are the new faces in the College of Cardinals. Not many, but their diverse backgrounds enriches the select group of men who have the responsibility of electing the next Pope.


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