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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

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.

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.

Pope focuses on gender theory in his weekly general audience


In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the gender theory as he addressed tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.  He stressed that differences between men and women are meant to complement one another and not trigger competition. 

The Pope also said that 'sexual differentiation is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation.' As far as the role of women, he went on to say that 'we sense the responsibility to do more in favor of [them] recognizing the weight and authority of their voices in society and the Church.' 


Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Continuing our catechesis on the family, today we reflect on the complementarity between man and woman.  Scripture tells us that "God created man in his own image… male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).  
 Man and woman bear the image and likeness of God not only as individuals, but also together.  In God’s plan, sexual differentiation is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation.  

This reciprocity brings harmony and enrichment to the human family.  But it also presents a constant challenge; that men and women learn how to speak to one another, and to respect and love each other.  Nowadays, we sense the responsibility to do more in favour of women, recognizing the weight and authority of their voices in society and the Church.  We must also ask ourselves to what extent society’s loss of faith in God is related to the crisis of that covenant.  The challenge faced by the Church, and by all believers and families, is to rediscover the beauty of God’s plan, the imprint of his image in the covenant between man and woman.