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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.

Pope Francis' indications for peace vigil: confessions, rosary and Eucharistic adoration

2013-09-06

The Vaticans master of ceremonies, Guido Marini, prepared a prayer vigil fit for the likes of Pope Francis. After all, he was the one who gave all of the specifics about how this four hour-long encounter should be carried through. 

First, and long before the beginning of the ceremony, 50 priests will be available to hear confessions all around Bernini's Colonnade. Confession means reconciliation, and that's why the Pope wants this sacrament to be extremely present at Saturday's vigil.

Attendees will also pray the Rosary. Before the start of each Mystery, a biblical commentary and a brief text by St. Therese of Lisieux will be read.

Pope Francis will follow with a speech that will likely include a strongly-worded message. Later, the Eucharistic Adoration will take place. In a symbolic gesture, five people from Syria, Egypt, Israel, United States and Russia. will carry the incense. 

Moments later, St. John's Gospel will be read, specifically the episode in which the Risen Christ appears to his Disciples and fills them with peace and joy. 
Lastly, the Pope will bless all participants. At around 11 at night, and after four intense hours of prayer, he will head back inside into the Vatican.


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