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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.

Chaldean nuns kidnapped in Mosul are set free

2014-07-15

After 17 days in captivity, Islamist rebels freed two Chaldean nuns and three young Iraqis in Mosul. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako told the Vatican's Fides agency the two women, Sisters Miskinta and Atur Joseph, are now safe, along with the two young women and a boy, who were kidnapped with them.

He added that ISIS militants had not mistreated the nuns, and that all five constantly prayed for peace in Iraq, during their captivity. Patriarch Sako also confirmed that the Church did not pay a ransom to free the group.

The Chaldean nuns ran an orphanage in Mosul, but they had evacuated when militants overtook the city. Several fighters kidnapped them when they had returned to check on the abandoned orphanage.

The two nuns and the three civilians were taken to safety in Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region to the north of the country. This part of war-torn Iraq has taken in over half a million people since the ISIS rebels proclaimed a caliphate, also known as the Islamic State.


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