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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.

Pope Francis: 3.2 million and counting for the year 2015

2015-12-30

In 2015, the Vatican has had more than 3.2 million visitors participate in public meetings with Pope Francis. In 2014, the number of  visitors was 5.9 million. 

This data excludes other events with large participation of faithful and apostolic events within Rome. The Vatican collects data on the basis of the request for participation in the meetings with the Pope and invitations. 

"For me personally is a very special place because I'm Polish and John Paul II was here for a long time.”

"I think the Pope is great”.

"The Pope Francis for me is very close to the people and as he is a spanish speaker is very close to our people too and in Spain we have a very traditional catholic culture so it means a lot to be here right now, specially in Christmas time.”

In 2014, more than 5.9 million faithful followers participated. An important aspect to note was the canonizations of St John XXIII, St John Paul II and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. 

In 2013, more than 2.3 million people attended liturgical ceremonies at the Vatican. The figures only covered the appearances by Pope Francis following his election in March 13.