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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.

Yemen, the forgotten war that claimed 9,000 deaths

2016-03-09

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East and the civil war, that has plunged into chaos, is one of the forgotten conflicts that the Pope included in his speech last Christmas.

The civil war has been brewing for years, but in March 2015 finally broke completely. Yemen is divided into two factions: the north, in the hands of Shiite rebels, who could be helped by Iran, and the south, controlled by the government, and supported by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Lack of security has facilitated the entry of ISIS or Al Qaeda terrorists, who are the main suspects against religious attacks. Last September, in Aden, the last Catholic church in the country was burned.

The killing, of the four missionaries of Mother Teresa's congregation and 12 other people in a nursing home, was the latest of the many crimes committed in this conflict, whose authorship is unclear.

The UN says that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition could be responsible for many of the airstrikes commited on civilians.

RUPERT COLVILLE 
Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 
"Civilian casualties continue to mount in Yemen. During the month of February, a total of at least 168 civilians were killed and 193 injured, around two-thirds of them by coalition airstrikes.”

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia; however, has denied responsibility for such attacks on civilians. The representative at the UN has indicated that cases in which errors have been committed are under further investigation.

ABDALLAH AL-MOUALLIMI
Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN
"Anybody who says that that the Saudi-led coalition targets deliberately civilian targets including hospitals or schools or otherwise is absolutely wrong. It’s absolutely wrong.”

It is estimated that the war has displaced more than one million and caused more than 9,000 deaths. Also added to this is the terrible food crisis affecting at least 15 million people.


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