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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.

Taking Vacation in August? Vatican's digital doors stay open during holiday period


In August, Rome virtually   shuts down. Offices close their doors and people head out on vacation. But,  this  team from the Pontifical Council for Social  Communication knows  the news never stops...and jokingly, they say Pope  Francis doesnt stop  either. 

Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Secretary

"This is a man who has hit the ground running and it's clear that he will be around here in August and that keeps us all busy in the best possible way.”

Working in August is a rarity in Rome, but here a team of about five people, keep one of the Vatican's websites up to date.

The Vatican has its own newspaper. It also has a radio station and yet another team works at its television center.  All the content comes together here, at: news.va

Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Secretary
 "It's all gathered into kind of a mixing pot and then they choose which stories are the priorities within those and present those, bring them to news.va.”

Even in Rome's scorching heat, this will be one of the few Vatican offices that keeps its doors wide open, that includes its doors into the digital world.