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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.

Statistics show there are roughly 210,000 Catholic schools all over the world, even in countries where Catholics are a minority. But with secularization on the rise, what exactly makes a Catholic school, Catholic?

CARD. ZENON GROCHOLEWSKI
Congregation for Catholic Education 
"When a school is Catholic, students and teachers need to understand that Catholic values will be taught there. We respect other religions of course, but it's our right to transmit Christian values.”

As a prelate of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Zenon said, having schools with a clear Catholic identity is a right that should be respected, despite secularization or cultural disagreements. This is one of the points addressed in a new document titled: Educating: Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools. It highlights that having a religious identity is a strength that gives way to inter-religious dialogue.

CARD. ZENON GROCHOLEWSKI
Congregation for Catholic Education 
"The document shows how having this clear identity as a Catholic school, can be a great way to engage in inter-religious dialogue.”

He adds that dialogue does not mean compromise.

ITALO FIORIN
LUMSA University Professor
"There's the notion that says, 'I'll accept you, but only if you leave your identity aside. So in a way you're accepted by that culture, but only because of a 'conditional acceptance.' The loss here is huge. You're being asked to forget about your own identity.”

To keep the dialogue alive, the Congregation for Catholic Education is planning two forums in 2015: One at UNESCO offices in Paris and the other in Rome. The goal will be to look into the role Catholic schools can play in enforcing Christian beliefs and in welcoming inter-religious dialogue.


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