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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.

Pres. Obama mentions Pope Francis during State of the Union Address

2015-01-21

In his state of the union address, televised throughout homes in America, President Barack Obama referenced Pope Francis in his speech. It happened about 40 minutes into his address, when the president talked about the country's plans to ease restrictions on Cuba. 

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"And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo. As His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of 'small steps.' These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba.” 

Pope Francis and the Vatican played a key role in the negotiations between the U.S and Cuba. Both countries have been at odds for decades now, since the island adopted a communist regime. 

The Pope personally wrote a letter to Obama this fall, requesting the country 'resolve humanitarian issues of common interest.' He then wrote another letter to Cuban leader, Raul Castro, with the same request. 

In fact the Vatican's Department of State, hosted a meeting between an American and Cuban delegation, before an official announcement of diplomatic improvement, was made in early December.  

President Obama met Pope Francis for the first time back in April. They will probably meet again in September of this year, when the Pope visits three American cities: Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C.


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