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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.

Templeton Prize awarded to advocate for the intellectually disabled

2015-03-14

The 2015 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche. His organization was founded 50 years ago and provides homes and support programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

The $1.5 million award is given to someone who has produced "exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Previous recipients of the award include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

Vanier's organization encourages intellectually disabled people to live and work alongside those without disabilities. It is meant to promote friendship and show the value of society's most vulnerable people.

The 86-year-old Canadian founded the organization in 1964, when he invited two intellectually disabled men to live with him as friends. There are now 147 L’Arche residential communities operating in 35 countries.

He has also worked to promote interreligious dialogue. Vanier has written more than 30 books, which have been translated into 29 languages.

The prize will officially be awarded May 18 in London.


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