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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 Parolin: I hope for “concrete and practical” changes to come from “Laudato Si”

2015-07-02

Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has made clear that he wants the Vatican to do more than make symbolic gestures on the world stage. After the Holy See successfully helped the United States and Cuba reestablish diplomatic ties, it's now focusing heavily on climate change.

Specifically, the Vatican is hoping "Laudato Si” will influence international conferences in Ethiopia, the United States, and France. However, international cooperation is just the beginning.

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
"We need paths of dialogue which can help us create space so that our home is truly held in common. The forces at work in the international sphere are not sufficient on their own, however, but must also be focused by a clear national stimulus, according to the principle of subsidiarity.”

Parolin's speech was followed by one from the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean. He said his country's existence is in danger because of climate change and that this year is crucial for its survival.  

ENELE SOPOAGA
Prime Minister (Tuvalu)
"We all know we are gearing up for a new climate change agreement to be concluded at the end of the year. We believe, we must take this as the defining moment to produce a defining statement, which must be bold, ambitious, and far-sighted.”

Beyond international agreements and changing national policies, Parolin suggested that people will also have to change their personal behavior.

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
"I hope that the impact will be especially concrete and practical. I think that we have discussed a lot about the problem of climate change. Now, it's time to act. And I think this is precisely what the Pope is requesting from us, to act, and to start to change our lifestyle just to preserve our common house, which is the Earth.”

The "COP21” conference is considered the most key international meeting for climate change this year. It will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th. 


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