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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.

Card. Monsengwo Pasinya: The 'human rights warrior' in the Pope's G8 Commission

2013-09-28

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya will turn 74 years old on October 7. The Pope chose him as Africa's delegate to the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise him on reform of the Curia and governance of the Church. 

Cardinal Monsengwo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1939. He belongs to the Basakata royal family, and his second name means "grandson of a tribal chief.”

He is well known within the Church in Africa for promoting human rights, during the dictatorship of Mobuto Sese Seko.

The Cardinal presided the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, as well as Pax Christi International, a catholic movement that promotes peace in conflict zones.

Since 2007, he has served as the archbishop of Kinshasa, and in 2010 he was made a Cardinal. In 2012, the Congolese prelate led the spiritual exercises for Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia. He also took part in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.


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