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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.

My Life as a Refugee: An app about the hardships refugees deal with

2015-02-07

Every minute, eight people are forced to flee their homes to escape war. It's a reality that's unimaginable to many, but now there's an app, designed to inform people about these hardships. It's called 'My Life as a Refugee.' 

The app sheds light on different social challenges people face around the globe. There's 27 year old Merita. She is married and is expecting a child. Then, there's 15 year old Paulo, the eldest of four brothers. Amika is a 24 year old mother of two. Users can choose one of the characters to try and experience their reality. 

It asks questions like whether or not one should leave their home or stay despite the dangers, which sometimes turn deadly. These are the situations that are posed to users on a day to day basis. 

It's an app to remind users of the hardships refugees face and if only for a minute, to put themselves in their shoes. The app, which is being launched by the UN, is free and available in English for iOS and Android.


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