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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.

Bavarian and Neapolitan flavors come together for Christmas 2013 at the Vatican

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Workers at the Vatican will begin preparations on Monday for the arrival of the traditional Christmas tree and Nativity Scene, displayed each year at St. Peter's Square. For 2013, the Vatican celebrations will have Bavarian and Neapolitan influences.

Benedict XVI's homeland of Bavaria will provide the fir tree, measuring nearly 100 feet-tall. According to the Vatican, the tree will arrive at St. Peter's Square on December 6. On Monday, workers will start building the giant stand that will hold the tree upright.

Meanwhile, the Italian Archdiocese of Naples is set to donate this year's Nativity scene, which will stand next to the Christmas tree. The city of Naples is well-known for their Nativity sets, often regarded as some of the best in Italy.

Last year, both the tree and the Nativity scene were donated by small regions in southern Italy.


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