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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.

Pope to Brazil's president: Does this mean I have to pray so that Brazil wins the World Cup?

2014-02-22

Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, visited the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. In a relaxed atmosphere, the Pope thanked her for welcoming World Youth Day and its millions of pilgrims to Brazil.

 

Perhaps the most light hearted moment came when the president gave the Pope a soccer ball signed by Brazilian player Ronaldo. Also, a  soccer jersey of the Brazilian team with a few words from soccer star, Pelé.

 

"So, this means the Pope will have to pray so that Brazil wins the World Cup...”



"If you want to pray so that Brazil wins, I'll really appreciate it. Or at least, stay neutral.”

 


The gifts didn't finish there. Pope Francis gave Rousseff a medallion engraved with the Angel of Peace. And he had another gift prepared...much more personal.

 



"I took the liberty of using you as messenger... For your daughter.”

 

 


The President of Brazil announced that Pope Francis will deliver a message against racism in the World Cup Championship. Dilma Rousseff traveled to Rome to assist the Consistory, where Pope Francis made  Archbishop Orani Tempesta a Cardinal.

 

 


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