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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 Ambassadors: It's absurd to promote peace, and the sale of weapons

2014-05-15

The Pope welcomed seven new ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican.  The ambassadors are from Switzerland, Liberia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jamaica, South Africa and India.

The Pope said that before peace talks are considered, the sale of weapons must stop

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"It would be absurd to engage in peace talks and negotiations, but then, at the same time promote or allow weapons trade.”

He then said, he's concerned about the situation of refugees, adding that human rights cannot just be talked about, but defended. 

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"We could also say that it's somewhat cynical to talk about human rights, but then at the same time ignore the men and women who are forced to leave their country and who die along the journey. Or those who are not welcomed by the international community.” 

The Pope then added that wars and conflicts are often tied to forced migration, adding one should not limit their actions to emergency responses. 


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