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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.

Former house of the Popes turned into presidential residence, open to the world

2014-06-28

The Quirinale Palace is among the most important sites in Rome. Nearly all the major architects from the 16th to the 18th Century contributed in some way to its development.

It also safeguards artwork, furniture, tapestries and an impressive collection of clay objects built by former Popes themselves.

Inside the papal bedroom, covered by tapestries, a hidden door leads to small oratory within a chapel.

All of these details can be discovered online, thanks to a virtual, 3D tour of the palace. It gives users a privileged view of building exterior and its interior. An audio guide also explains the story behind each room, and describes the use of the building.

The paintings and elaborate tapestries detail scenes, like the life of St. Paul, or the story of Don Quixote. 

An added advantage is that online users can explore the artworks up close though high definition lens. 

The best part of this unique tour is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, simply by visiting www.quirinale.it.


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