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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.

This is where Benedict XVI will live when he retires

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At this point the monastery is still undergoing repairs. So after February 28th,  the Pope will go to Castel Gandolfo, a town that's about an hour away from Rome, before returning to the Vatican.

The four level building is relatively simple. The only visual decoration are stained glass windows with sacred images, specifically designed for reflection and prayer.

The monastery 'Mater Ecclesiae' was built under the pontificate of John Paul II. Built in the 90's the late Pope said he wanted contemplative nuns to have a place for retreat and prayer, inside Vatican Walls.


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