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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.

What's the Pope doing for Christmas?

2015-12-24

Pope Francis had the flu last week, but it hasn't slowed him down. And he'll keep his busy schedule while celebrating Christmas.

Here are the key events during Christmas season at the Vatican.

This evening, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to mark Christ's birth. The event will actually begin at around 9:30 p.m.

The Pope will appear on the central balcony in St. Peter's Square at noon on Christmas Day. He'll deliver the traditional "Urbi et Orbi” blessing to pilgrims who gather to see him.

Two days later, on Sunday, he will celebrate a Mass to mark the Jubilee of the Family. Families in attendance will walk through the Holy Door together.

The Pope's last liturgical celebration of 2015 will be the traditional Te Deum prayer on December 31st. Celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica, it's a way for the Church to give thanks for the entire year. Afterward, the Pope will go to see the Nativity scene and listen to Christmas songs.


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