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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.

On Sunday, an agreement between Europe and Turkey to expel refugees came into force

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During Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis spoke out on the refugee crisis in Europe. For the Pope, these people suffer the same indifference as Christ suffered.

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"And I think of the many people, so many outcasts, so many asylum seekers, so many refugees, all of those for whose fate no one wishes to take responsibility.”

This Sunday, an agreement between the European Union and Turkey came into full force with the agenda aimed at expelling all refugees arriving from now on to European shores. 

These days, the Pope has been virtually the only world leader who has questioned this agreement. He spoke out several times against this directive that allows Europe to return thousands of asylum seekers to Turkey, while they await their fate in such unhealthy places like Idomeni in Greece.

It assumes the closure of borders of those fleeing war and violence in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and violates the spirit of international and EU laws regarding the right of asylum.

Europe had pledged to hold about 160,000 people. Only 937 of these refugees, who have had to rebuild their lives from scratch, have been helped. 


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