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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.

Meet Alfred Xuereb, Pope Francis' Personal Secretary

2013-04-04

So in addition to all the day to day issues, Xuereb also accompanied Benedict XVI in his apostolic trips abroad. Since he was second in line, when the German Pope resigned, Xuereb automatically became Pope Francis' secretary during this transition phase.  He's been part of the Papal Household since the year 2000 and back in 2003, he was given the title of 'Honorary Prelate' by John Paul II.  Interestingly, the 54 year old has worked with three popes.

Even though he was born in Malta, Xuereb has been in Rome for many years now. He was ordained a priest in 1984. Five years later he finished his Doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum. Xuereb has also worked at the Lateran University in Rome where he served as the rector's secretary. He also worked at the Vatican's Secretariat of State.


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