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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

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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 Francis: “Confession should not be torture”

2015-03-12

Participants in the Apostolic Penitentiary's annual course met with Pope Francis the day before the second anniversary of his election.

CARD. MAURO PIACENZA
Major Penitentiary
"I have the pleasure to extend a respectful and filial greeting that translates into prayer for him and the fruitfulness of his Petrine ministry on the eve of the anniversary of his election. Congratulations."

The Pope gave the panel of confession experts some tips on how to best administer the sacrament. He warned that neither moral laxity nor cold legal rigorism were actually merciful.

POPE FRANCIS
"The sacraments, as we know, put humans in a place of closeness and tenderness to God. Reconciliation certainly renders present with special efficacy the merciful face of God."

Pope Francis said that confession cannot be "an annoying and intrusive interrogation." Rather, he continued, it is a rich gathering of humanity in which one tries to repair the evil that has been done. The good confessor, said the Pope, knows he is a sinner. He told them to try as penitental brothers to "accompany” people on their way.


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