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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.

UNICEF launches campaign to help 62 million children

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One out of every ten children live in areas affected by wars, natural disasters or serious emergencies. It's a number that breaks down to roughly 230 million children. To help some of them, UNICEF is launching the biggest appeal. It is asking for 2.7 billion euros to help children in dire situations. 

Nearly 900 million euros will be used in Syria, where because of the civil war, more than 6 million children became refugees. More than 1 million had to stop going to school all together. The funds will be used for basic assistance like medical care, education and water. 

500 million will be sent to West Africa where Ebola has left thousands of orphans exposed to social exclusion and other ills. 

In Europe, the funds will focus on Ukraine. 30 million euros will be used to help 2 million children who survived the deadly conflict in the country. 

GIOVANNA BARBERIS
UNICEF
"We are particularly concerned with impact of the conflict on the lives of tens of thousands of children, particularly on those most vulnerable. Among the most vulnerable are those children that are living in bomb shelters and deprived of water, sanitation, food, the possibility of going to school and proper health care.”

In Nigeria the violence of extremist group Boko Haram has left more than one million people displaced, most of whom have fled to neighboring countries like Chad. UNICEF will send 26 million euros. 

There are other areas where violence and shortages are triggering instability. Nations like the Central African Republic, considered the 7th poorest country in the world, where the civil war has triggered even more violence. 

DAOUDA GUIROU
World Food Programme
"These people have lost everything and don't have access to their land for farming and they depend only on WFP food for living.”

Unfortunately, the list of crisis in the world is quite long. UNICEF lists 71 countries where children are in need of dire assistance. 


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