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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.

October 26, 2013 (Romereports.com) Amongthe thousands of people who came out to St. Peter's Square to welcomeOur Lady of Fatima, was American Patti Birks. As the original statuewas being carried out, she recited the prayer she says every singleday. 


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"You and me, I and you, in time, in Eternity in our Ladyof Fatima and all the tabernacles of the world.” 

Shehas always felt a strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. She made ita point to come to Rome as the Pope entrusted the world to theImmaculate Heart of Mary. She traces her faith back to her latefather, Chief Petty Officer William Rogers Birks, who overcame someof the worst challenges that come with war. 

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"He was captured in WWII by the Japanese. He survived theinfamous Bataan death march and three and a half years in a Japaneseprison camp.”

Throughoutthat time, it was his faith that always stayed strong. This she says,is one of the lessons her father showed her. Now through her talks indifferent schools, it's that message that she wants to share withothers. 

PATTIBIRKS 
"You'vegot to get up and carry your Cross and move on, You have to got to gothorough it and have the faith that you're going to make it.” 

Shealso likes to point out that she was born on October 13th,which coincides with the date of Our Lady of Fatima's last recordedapparition, back in 1917. She says sharing her devotion is more thanjust a hobby—she says it's a mission


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