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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.

Cardinal Giovanni Canestri passes away at 96

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Italian Cardinal Giovanni Canestri has died at the age of 96. The Archbishop Emeritus of Genoa, passed away on Wednesday April 29th. 

He took part in the Second Vatican Council, making contributions on discussions about ecumenism and religious liberty. 

He was appointed as the Archbishop of Cagliari in 1984. Four years later, he was named a Cardinal by John Paul II. 

From 1987 until 1995, when he retired, he served as the Archbishop of Genoa. 

On Thursday, at noon all the parish bells of his Archdiocese will ring to honor his life and service.

With his death, the number of cardinals stands at 222. The number of cardinal electors who are younger than 80 and can therefore vote in a conclave, remains at 120. 


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