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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.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, born into noble family but dependent on charity

2013-03-08

At the age of 18, Chirstoph Schönborn enrolled in the Dominican Order. He studied philosophy, Theology, psychology, as well as Slavic languages and Byzantine Christianity in universities in Germany, Austria and France. At 25 he was ordained a priest and worked in Austria and Switzerland. He was Joseph Ratzinger's student in Regensburg and says simplicity is the key to finding life's true meaning.

CARD. CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBORN
Archbishop of Vienna (Austria)
February 1, 2008
"Charity is the source of mercy because Deus Caritas est, God is charity. Where does his merciful love come for us? God is mercy. We must have compassion for those in misery, for all of us in the misery of sin and suffering. God shows us his charity in the form of mercy. Hope is deep down the expression of trust as an answer to a merciful God.”
 
Between 1987 and 1992, Cardinal Schönborn worked with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in drafting the Catholic Church's catechism. In 1991, John Paul II named him auxiliary bishop of Vienna and four years later, archbishop of the city. In 1996 he led the spiritual exercises for John Paul II, and was created cardinal in 1998.


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