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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.

Breaking down the Synod of the Family in Numbers

2015-09-18

The Vatican is getting ready for the Synod on the Family, where the Church will look into how it can address, on a pastoral level, modern day challenges families face. 

At this point, at least 330 people are expected to attend, most of them are Bishops. A total of 166 of them will be representing episcopal conferences from around the world. This is how the numbers break down-47 of them are from Europe, 44 from Africa, 45 from America, 25 from Asia, five from Oceania. 

Ten heads of religious orders will be present and the Pope has personally appointed 45 so called Synod Fathers. There will be 51 guests, 30 of them women. There will also be 17 married couples taking part.  

The Oriental Church will also have a presence. Twenty two representatives will take part, along with 14 delegates from Orthodox, Lutheran and other Christian denominations. 


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