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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.

Why Pope Francis has convened an Extraordinary Holy Year dedicated to Mercy

2015-03-13

A few days after his election, during the first Angelus of his pontificate, the Pope spoke about mercy.

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Angelus, March 17, 2013 
"Feeling mercy. This word changes everything. This is the best thing we can feel: it changes the world.”

And to change the world, Pope Francis wants to reiterate the meaning of the word. Mercy is God's invitation to the men who have been wrong to return to Him. And mercy, says the Pope, is what the world needs now.

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Angelus, January 11, 2015
"There is so much need of mercy today, and it is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth! We are living in the age of mercy, this is the age of mercy.”

Francis chose 'Miserando atque eligendo' as the motto for his coat of arms. It means: "By having mercy and by choosing.”

In the programmatic document of his pontificate, "Evangelii Gaudium,” Pope Francis uses the word 31 times.

It is no coincidence that Pope Francis decided to announce this Holy Year at a ceremony dedicated to confession, the sacrament of forgiveness and mercy.


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