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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.

The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus Christ

2014-05-24

The grotto where Christ was born was well-known by early Christians, as well non-believers. Some texts from that era refer to the site as "the place where Christ was born, He who Christians admire and adore.”

Emperor Constantine built the first basilica in the 4th Century, but it was eventually sacked and destroyed. Two centuries later, Justinian had another church built on the same spot, which survived several invasions and remains until today.

Under the main altar, stands a small chapel where a silver star on the floor marks the place where Jesus came into the world.

Since 1317, the Franciscan Order looks after the basilica, along with Greek, Syriac and Armenian Orthodox Christians.


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