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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.

Angels: the other stars of Christmas

2015-12-25

They aren't human, nor are they divine. But their power is extraordinary. And they are spiritual beings. While some serve God, others rejected him. They're angels.

The Church maintains that their existence is real and that they have a key role in some crucial moments of history, like Christmas.

FR. MARCELLO STANZIONE
Author, "The Angels of Christmas”
"What does Christmas teach us? That God has ordered angels to bring people to Jesus.”

Marcello Stanzione has written more than 100 books about angels. He isn't a theologian but instead a simple Italian pastor. Still, he takes very seriously his research into the beings which Pope Francis calls "ambassadors of God.”

POPE FRANCIS
October 2, 2015
"We ask our Lord for the grace of this sensibility. Of listening to the voice of this ambassador from God, who is always with us on His behalf.”

Stanzione says coming into contact with an angel is very simple: one simply just needs to pray, especially before sleep. At night, their advice can offer important information about our life, as it did for Saint Joseph.

FR. MARCELLO STANZIONE
Author, "The Angels of Christmas”
"Saint Joseph was a person so full of God that even when he slept, he kept contact with the divine. As a matter of fact, the Lord sent him an angel to advise him...In the Bible, often the Angels reveal the secrets of God. They reveal to us what is the mission of our life.”

The unique image of Saint Joseph sleeping is one of the Pope's favorites. He keeps it on his desk and says that he leaves notes describing his concerns because the angel of God revealed solutions to that saint in the dead of night.


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