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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.

Vatican Secretary of State: Pope's agenda hasn't been altered by Paris attacks

2015-11-17

After horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin told a French daily that the threat of violence against the Vatican will not affect the Pope's schedule.

He conceded that while the Vatican will be particularly vulnerable during the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, they refuse to let fear win out. No changes have been made to the Pope's schedule in the near future.

Parolin added that Muslims should contribute to solutions against terrorism and that hatred can be combated with educating the young. He called on all social actors to become involved. The Jubilee of Mercy will be particularly important now, he explained, because it provides a message of reconciliation in the context of such terrible violence.

In previous interviews, he has suggested that peace will be achieved by embracing our differences.

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
March 2015
"I think it is essential now to accept our differences. The problem is this, how to reconcile the differences we have on culture and religion and continue to grow. How to create a time of mutual enrichment and grow together and not have misunderstandings and violence.”

Reports have also spread that Pope Francis may have to cancel his upcoming trip to the Central African Republic because of security concerns. But Parolin confirmed to Vatican Radio that, for the moment, the Pope still intends to visit the war-torn country.

The United Nations recently approved sending 300 Senegalese peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. Their mission is to strengthen security ahead of the Pope's visit and elections in December.


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