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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 Parolin: Vatican will continue to support rapprochement between the US and Cuba

2015-05-07

Fidel Castro visited the Vatican nearly 20 years ago, and his brother Raúl has yet to do so since taking his place as president of Cuba. However, that will change, as Raúl Castro will officially visit the Pope on Sunday, May 10th

The current leader of Cuba shocked the world in December when he announced, together with Barack Obama, that the United States and Cuba had restored diplomatic relations. Both acknowledged the help of Pope Francis in bringing the countries together.

From Rome, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said that the path to rebuilding the relationship with the two countries would be long. He added that it could take decades and both parties would have to proceed with caution.

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
"After 50 years without communication, mutual distrust, and hostility, I don't believe it will be easy. Both have shown contempt for a very long time. It is necessary to build a climate of trust, and that's the phase we are in now.”

Parolin continued that relations are still headed in a positive direction. He said the Holy See will be willing to help in the following months. 

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
"Giving support to sustain this process of opening up relations, sustaining the approach that the U.S. and Cuba are taking. The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba is a big step in the right direction, a step that obviously needs to be supported and encouraged.”

The Vatican confirmed last month that the Pope plans to visit Cuba before he arrives in the United States in September. However, they did not provide specific details about the visit.

It will be the third papal trip to Cuba. Pope John Paul II came in 1998 and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2012.


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