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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 Velasio de Paolis turns 80 years old

2015-09-19

September 19th marks the 80th birthday of Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, making him ineligible to vote in an eventual conclave. 

The Italian cardinal has a long history in the Vatican Curia. Just a few years back, in 2010, he was appointment by Benedict XVI as the Pontifical Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. He was assigned to oversee the Legion as it dealt with reforms following the abuses of the order's founder, Marcial Maciel. 

For many years, he also served in the Holy See's Economic Affairs Department. 

In a 2014 interview, he spoke with Rome Reports about the Synod on the Family and the Doctrine of the Church. 

CARD. VELASIO DE PAOLIS
"These are items that cannot be changed on a whim. Not even the Pope can change the doctrine of the Church. It's a matter of understanding if a certain doctrine is either intangible or if its a praxis of the Church than can be modified.”

With his 80th birthday, the number of cardinal electors, meaning those who are younger than 80 and have the right to vote in an eventual conclave, drops to 122


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