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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.

New Generation of Christian Leaders: Young and fully prepared bishops

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Among the lists is also the Coptic Pope, elected in early January. Tawadros II is 60 years old, studied pharmacy in Egypt and England. Before being ordained a priest, he managed a pharmaceutical factory. His focus has been on youth development to avoid them being drawn to religious hard liners.

The fourth leader, in chronological order is Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, and primate of the Anglican Church. He has five children, and worked for 11 years in the oil industry. He decided to become ordained after his 7-month-old died following a car accident. Within his speeches, he's strongly critical of financial speculation.

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai is the leader of Catholics in Lebanon. He studied Law and worked at a radio. His focus has been on full and sincere dialogue with Muslims to strengthen the future of the Middle East.

Interestingly, the most veteran person on the list is also the youngest. His name is Sviatoslav Shevchuk and is the major archbishop of the Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church. He is only 42 years old, but has a solid education background, and speaks eight languages.

Along the same lines is the new patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, is 57 years old; and also the major archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India, Baselius Cleemis, is only 53 years old.

While they may be unknown to most of the world, they are the point of reference for millions of Christians in the world.


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