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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.

Cardinal Rigali turns 80 and Cardinal George passes away

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For the last 70 years, cardinals from the United States have made up about 10 percent of the College of Cardinals. But the demographics of the College are shifting.

Within days, Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, the former archbishop of St. Louis, turned 80. And Cardinal Francis Eugene George passed away at the age of 78. There are now just nine American cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave.

By next year, another two American cardinals will likely celebrate their 80th birthdays: Roger Mahony and William Levada. The number of Americans cardinals who can vote for the next pope will be reduced to just seven. In the span of just a few years, American representation has sharply decreased.

There are 223 members of the College of Cardinals, and just 120 of them are eligible to vote in a conclave.


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