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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

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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

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.

Pope pushes for reflection within the Vatican on human trafficking


This hand-written letter between Pope Francis and Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the idea for a conference came about. The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences will organize on November 2 and 3 a conference to analyze the problem of human trafficking, a wide-spread crime throughout the world.   

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences
"Fundamentally, there are three dimensions: one is the sale of weapons, the second is drugs, and the third is human trafficking. But it seems that, according to some, human trafficking is becoming the most lucrative of the three.” 

The Vatican will propose several ideas to be included in the Palermo Protocol, an agreement singed by over 100 countries to fight human trafficking. Some of those ideas come from Spanish professor Jose Lorente. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences
"There's one to create an archive with the DNA code for all missing persons, for children that are found without knowing where they come from, and there's many. And also for people who come forward and claim missing persons. Then, adding together all the genetic codes, naturally, we will find the parents and the child's origin.” 

Each year about two million people are victims of sexual exploitation, and nearly 60 percent are women. But the problem is not limited to poor countries. It has emerged as a worldwide issue. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences 
"It also affects the rich countries which create the demand. But it especially hurts the poor countries because they're the source for human traffickers.” 

International experts and researchers are expected to attend the conference. It'll the first of three separate events that will take place in the future.