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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.

The Pope will hear confessions on the 2nd anniversary of his election

2015-03-10

During the 2012 Synod of Bishops, which focused on the theme of New Evangelization, it became clear that the Sacrament of Reconciliation should be a central part of the Church's pastoral life.

To answer that need, a Vatican council organized what would eventually be called the "24 Hours for the Lord” initiative.

This year, Pope Francis will start the event by holding a penitential celebration at St. Peter's Basilica on March 13th. Churches throughout Rome and the world will then open for confession and Eucharistic Adoration.

The initiative was first celebrated last year, when Pope Francis famously went to confession. The event has returned again in 2015 with a new theme.

REV. GENO SYLVA
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
"It's just really exciting. And the theme this year is taken from the Letter to the Ephesians, 'God rich in mercy.'”

Reminding people that God is merciful is largely meant to encourage those who have been away from the Church, for whatever reason, that they will always be welcomed back.

REV. GENO SYLVA
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
"I would ask people, 'Why are you back after 40 years? You're coming back to the sacrament.' And many, many people said, 'Because Pope Francis asked us! He invited us!'”

The Vatican hopes that people throughout the world will be inspired to attend confession during the "24 Hours for the Lord.” A pastoral aid is available in Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Polish. 


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