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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.

Refugees in Europe: See how the Jesuit Refugee Service is helping out

2015-09-13

The refugee crisis in Europe multiplied from one day to the next. Images of people rushing through train stations as they seek asylum,  have been seen around the world. For years now, groups like the Jesuit Refugee Service have been helping families like these, move forward. 

AMAYA VALCARCEL
Jesuit Refugee Service
"We provide access to education, also psychological help because many of these refugees have mental traumas from war. We also have a service for victims of torture and legal assistance to help them go through the asylum process.”

Amaya Valcarcel works in Rome's Jesuit Refugee Service. She says it's a misconception to describe these people as migrants seeking economic profit. First and foremost, she says, they are refugees. 

AMAYA VALCARCEL
Jesuit Refugee Service
"They are refugees who are escaping from armed conflicts, persecution and violence. They don't have any other alternatives, but to flee their hometown.” 

The journey through land and sea is dangerous. For some, even life threatening. Valcarcel says, European countries should give out humanitarian visas before, so that refugees can go from one point to the other, safely. 

Another critical point, she says, is having countries within the European Union commit to receiving a certain number of refugees, depending on their capabilities. 

AMAYA VALCARCEL
Jesuit Refugee Service
"Countries are closing their borders or they've decided they are not going to let people pass through. This is a violation of the 1951 Geneva Convention.” 

With offices in Syria and Afghanistan, the Jesuit Refugee Service, states the violence and the reach of ISIS is a real threat. Helping those in need is more than just and act of mercy, they say. At this point, it's a responsibility. 

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