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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.

General audience: Pope emphasizes role of birth of Christ in history

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COMPLETE TEXT OF THE CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH
“Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing our catechesis for this Year of Faith, we now consider the unfolding of God’s self-revelation and his saving plan.  The Scriptures show us its development in the history of Israel, especially in the events of the Exodus and the establishment of the Covenant.  Down the centuries Israel cherished and celebrated the memory of these saving events and, through the prophets, learned to look forward to a new and eternal Covenant destined for all mankind.

The one divine plan, realized gradually in human history, culminated in the coming of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.  In this Advent season, we are invited to contemplate this progressive revelation of God’s saving plan and to realize that, in Christ, God continues to drawn near to us.  Amid the distractions and superficiality of our world, may we learn, in faith, hope and love, to recognize and bear witness to his presence, radiating in our lives the light and joy which filled the stable of Bethlehem.

I offer a cordial welcome to the newly professed Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity.  My greeting also goes to the group of visitors from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.  Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace.”



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