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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.

Iraq's Christian population will be gone in five years, according to Aid to the Church in Need

2015-10-18

In 2002, more than one million Christians lived in Iraq. Now there are just 300,000. About 120,000 Christians had to choose between converting to Islam and death during the previous years. Experts estimate that in five years, there will no longer be Christians in Iraq.

This is according to a new report from Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity.

MSGR. GEORGES CASMOUSSA
Auxiliary Patriarch, Syrian-Catholic Church
"If liberation comes, people will return. But there are many who will not because they don't want history to repeat again in their lives for the second, fourth, or tenth time.”

CARD. BÉCHARA BOUTROS RAÏ
Maronite Patriarch of Antioch
"It pains me so much that the international community, that international politics, is so immoral...Pope Francis has denounced it many times: What we must do in the Middle East is not political reform. We do not need to introduce democracy. We need to end the arms trade.”

The title of the report is "Persecuted and Forgotten” and it covers the 2013 through this year. According to the report, Christians suffer severe persecution in 10 countries: China, Eritrea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and North Korea. The worst are Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria.

It says that Islamic fundamentalism is the primary cause of Christian's perilous situation in many of these countries. But there are non-Islamic countries which also violate Christians' rights.

Other data is spine-chilling. In 2014, China arrested more than 400 religious leaders. The situation in North Korea is worse. In March of 2014, Dictator Kim Jong-un in ordered the execution of 33 Christians accused of espionage. The report also says that 10 percent of the country's the 400,000 Christians are in labor camps, where they're tortured, killed, and used for medical experiments.

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