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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.

Cura Brochero: the last saint whom Bergoglio proposed for canonization before he became pope

2016-04-03

One of the 5 new saints that the Pope will canonize this year is José Gabriel Brochero. An Argentine known for his unflagging priestly work among the people of Cordoba in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He will be canonized on October 16, along with a teenage Mexican martyr, José Sánchez del Río.

SILVIA CORREALE
Postulator for the Cause of Cura Brochero
"There are two ways of holiness, martyrdom and virtue, and two different ages. One dies of age after a lifetime dedicated to charity and to pastoral service, and a young man dies in a courageous act in defense of the faith.”

Pope Francis called all priests, like Brochero, to be "shepards living with the smell of the sheep.” He visited the villages in the province of Cordoba on a mule, giving catechesis to simple people.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio pushed for his beatification from Buenos Aires. One of the last events he participated in before traveling to the conclave in 2013 was related to the gaucho priest.

SILVIA CORREALE
Postulator for the Cause of Cura Brochero
"When you listen to the Pope, in his speeches, in his homilies, in his documents, many things he is saying are the same spirituality as Brochero. Now it is not known if the pope took the spirituality of  Brochero or if Brochero was a little bit Jesuit because he preached the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, who was a Jesuit. It is not known but some say the Jesuit nuance, embodied in the Argentine people, reaps fruit like Brochero and Pope Bergoglio."

On October 16, in any case, there will be a particular Spanish accent in Rome, since the two canonized saints are embraced throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina.


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