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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.

Pope on Death of Migrants: Do not ignore anyone in distress at sea

2015-02-11

It's a tragedy that's all too common. Migrants who crossed the Channel of Sicily in three boats like these died. The migrants were all between 15 and 25 years old. Many of them died from the cold, others drowned. Just 70 survived.

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"I remain concerned about the news from Lampedusa, where there have been more deaths amongst the migrants caused by cold during their journey across the Mediterranean. I wish to assure my prayers for the victims and once again encourage solidarity so that no one left without necessary aid.”

The migrants traveled in at least three small boats,  which were adrift at sea. One deflated and sank with 100 people on board. Two people managed to hold on for 12 hours and were saved. In another boat, twenty-nine people died from the cold while trying to reach the coast.

In July 2013, Pope Francis traveled to Lampedusa and highlighted new ways to help these migrants.


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