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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.

Judge rules in favor of Catholic hospital that refuses to sterilize women

2016-01-19

A California judge recently ruled in favor of a Catholic hospital that refused to sterilize a woman.

Rebecca Chamorro requested that the Mercy Medical Center perform a "post-partum tubal ligation.” After the Catholic institution denied to perform the elective procedure, she sued them with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

A judge ruled against Chamorro and the ACLU's emergency request earlier this month. He just recently made his earlier ruling permanent.

Judge Ernest Goldsmith explained, "There’s no law that says that hospitals are mandated to perform sterilizations.” He added that forcing them to do so would violate their religious beliefs.

It's a small victory for religious freedom advocates in the United States. The greater fear is that Catholic hospitals will eventually be forced to perform abortions. 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President Joseph Kurtz recently vowed that "we will continue to reach out to the White House and Congressional leaders untiringly until proper protections are guaranteed.”


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