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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.

Pope's Reform Plans, Bigger than Expected

2013-10-03

The Vatican spokesman has announced that Pope Francis isnt planning on reforming theVaticans Apostolic Constitution. Rather, hes planning on drafting a completely new document, that deals with the governance of the Church.    

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman
"The idea is not limited to updating the current 'Pastor Bonus' constitution, with small tweaks here and there. Instead the Pope plans on drafting a new constitution that includes new relevant changes. I think we can expect a new constitution.”

The new law will highlight two main aspects. First, that the Roman Curia shouldn't be a power house, but instead it should be 'at the service' of the Universal Church. Also the Vatican's State Department will more of a branch rather than a full governing body.

The Council of Cardinals recommended that a 'moderator' be assigned to coordinate the relationship between the Pope and the dicasteries of the Church. The council of eight cardinals is also analyzing how the role and work of the laity can be recognized more directly within the Church.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman

"Special attention will be given so that institutions can adequately respond to the laity and the service they provide to the Church. Currently we have a Pontifical Council, but that relationship and presence could be strengthened so that the Curia is more involved with the laity.”

The three day meetings between the Pope and his new advisory council ended on Thursday. But on Friday, they will all travel to the Italian town of Assisi, where they will pray together, before the tomb of St. Francis.

The council will once again meet with the Pope next December, and then also on February of 2014.


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