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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.

Expert on Papal Encyclical: The scientific debate is closed. Now, it's about morality

2015-06-16

The Pope's encyclical on the Ecology, has been applauded by many and even feared by some.  It's an encyclical on the need to care for Creation. A reflection on what every person can do, individually to help the environment. 

Some have argued, the Pope shouldn't weigh in on scientific matters. Others say, responding to climate change is no longer about science.  Now, it's about morality. 

GIUSEPPE ONUFRIO
Greenpeace Director, Rome
"The scientific debate is already closed. Now there's a need to let people know what needs to be done. The Pope's words are important in this matter because they call on everyone to respond. From other religious leaders to politicians who need to come out and say what they plan on doing about it.” 

Giuseppe Onfurio is the head of Greenpeace in Rome. He says the Pope needs to speak out about the issue because climate change is already affecting the most vulnerable communities- triggering droughts and hurricanes. It's something that leads to a loss of crops, hunger and massive migration. 

GIUSEPPE ONUFRIO
Greenpeace Director, Rome
"We see destructive natural phenomenons like hurricanes that come about more and more. In other parts of the country, we see extreme heat and this also has its consequences. That's what's happening now in California.”

He adds there are already sufficient funds to deal with climate change and green jobs. The biggest challenge he says, are political hurdles and big company interests. 

GIUSEPPE ONUFRIO
Greenpeace Director, Rome
"We're already seeing the effects. The effects of climate change are affecting the most vulnerable.” 

The Pope has often said in his catechesis that God always forgives, people sometime forgive, but Mother Nature, never does. 


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