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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

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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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No 'new Pope' Bonus for Vatican employees

2013-04-19

MARY NOLAN
English Edition, L'Osservatore Romano

"Something like this doesn't really ruin your day, to be honest.”

Mary Nolan works at the English edition of the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. Like others, she worked extra hours with the  resignation of Benedict XVI, the conclave and the election of Pope Francis.

MARY NOLAN
English Edition, L'Osservatore Romano

"Generally the idea is that because people have to work so hard during the 'interregnum'hat they try to compensate that.”

Back in 2005, employees received 1,000 euros, with the death of John Paul II, and an additional 500 when Benedict XVI was elected. With roughly 4,500 Vatican employees, the sum alone would add up to more than 6 million euros. Pope Francis decided, that instead, some of that money will be given to charity.

FR. BRUNO CICERI
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants

"We are going to share the blessing that we, as employees of the Vatican, we are with the less fortunate people.”

MARY NOLAN
English Edition, L'Osservatore Romano

"If you work for the Church, you have to work from the heart. In a sense, your pocket should pay a little.”

A month after being elected, Pope Francis visited the Vatican's Secretariat of State and  thanked all its employees for working long hours during this transition period. He told them their true work, could never really be re-paid, except, with a heartfelt 'thank you.'


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