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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.

December 2012: Pope launches new twitter account

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One of December¡s highlights was the Pope's audience with circus performers. Hundreds of clowns, trapezists, and majorettes took over Vatican City. The pope met with them, and as a gift they performed for him. The audience even featured a special appearance by a lion cub. 


Another big announcement happened in early December, when the Pope unveiled his new Popemobile. It's more secure and allows better views of the pontiff. He took his first ride through Rome for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

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"It reminds us that the power of God's love is stronger than evil. It can fill all the gaps provoked by people's selfishness, families, nations and the world.” 

At the end of the month, the Pope declared former pontiff Paul VI as venerable, clearing the way for his beatification within one or two years. He was the pope that closed off the Second Vatican Council, and he named Joseph Ratzinger archbishop of Munich, and created him cardinal. 

For Christmas, the Pope gave thanks to a southern Italian city for donating a spruce Christmas tree. It features prominently on St. Peter's Square. Benedict XVI took that time to remind everyone of the significance of the tree. 

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"God made man and has been among us to disperse the shadows of error and sin, leaving mankind its divine light. This light, which is symbolized by the tree, has not waned as the centuries and millenniums go by, instead it continues to glow among us to light up each man that comes into the world.” 

This Christmas will also be a bit more austere at the Vatican. The city-state announced new measure to manage expenses. An an example, this year's Nativity set was sponsored by a city, and not by the Vatican. 


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