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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.

The news stories about Pope Francis that you will be reading about in 2016

2016-01-02

The new year has started and the Pope's plate is full as he is already busy with upcoming plans and projects.

NEW DOCUMENTS
During this year, probably before mid-March, Francis will publish an official papal document on the family. Technically it is an "apostolic exhortation”, which will reflect on the ideas of the recent Synod.

Some months ago he hinted he would like to sign this document in Nazareth, yet it is uncertain whether he will return to the Holy Land to fulfill his dream.

TRIPS
Yes, he will travel to Mexico. On Friday, Febuary 12th he will be in Mexico City and then visit other states like Chiapas, Michoacan and Chihuahua.

If there are no surprises, the other major trip of the year will be in July to the land of John Paul II. On July 31st  the Pope will close in Krakow the World Youth Day with millions of young pilgrims.

GREAT CEREMONIES
The largest ceremony of the year will probably be the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which almost certainly will be in early September.

REFORM OF THE CURIA
This year will begin to materialize simplifying the Vatican Curia. In January, the first expected major changes in the Secretariat for Communication, and shortly after the new two congregations (one of lay people and other on social justice), which they encompass most current pontifical councils.

CARDINALS
This year 10 cardinals will turn 80 years old and will lose the right to participate in a conclave. It is a figure high enough that the Pope decided to name new cardinals.

VATILEAKS
In the first half of the year will conclude the process Vatileaks 2. The Vatican is investigating three former employees for leaking classified documents; and two journalists who allegedly pressured them to obtain information. The next hearing will be on 20th  of February.

JUBILEE
The protagonist of the year is the Jubilee of Mercy. That is why the Pope has planned each month to strong gesture of mercy. Knowing him, he is likely to be quite significant. It is possible that there will be a lot of meaning. No doubt, this Year will give away unforgettable scenes.


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