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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

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.

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.

Cardinal Rubén Salazar: One of 19 cardinal electors from Latin America


John Paul II made him bishop of Cúcuta. Then in 2008 he was elected president of the Episcopal Conference. Two years later Benedict XVI made him archbishop of Bogotá and in November 2012, he was made a cardinal.

Archbishop of Bogotá
"The fact that the College of Cardinals represents the universality of the Church is something special. The fact that I'm representing Colombia and the Latin American community is not only something joyful it's also an honor.”

Colombia has a total of 38 million Catholics. Now with the coming conclave, that country will have a vote, through Cardinal Ruben Salazar.

-OFL @ odelafu /KLH