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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.

Vatileaks 2: Vallejo Balda's secretary says he acted on orders

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On Monday, the former executive secretary of the Cosea Commission, working under Monsignor Vallejo Balda, Nicola Maio made some declarations, as he has also been accused in the Vatileaks 2 case.

He acknowledged that he had access to all documents relating to the Cosea Commission  and the Secretariat for the Economy but denies stealing  the information and providing it to the two journalists, Fittipaldi and Nuzzi whom, he said he does not know. He further indicated that Francesca Chaouqui never asked him steal this information.

He assured that the only thing he felt pressured by was the responsibility of the work he was doing. He explained to the judge that the tasks entrusted onto him were that of the "will of the Pope.”

He said that he could not negate what Vallejo Balda asked him to do because he was his superior and only did what he asked. He explained that he had no way to checking if what Vallejo Balda was asking him to do was lawful or not because the chain of command was headed by Pope, then by Vallejo Balda and he was the last chain of command. "The only way to know the truth was to knock on the Pope's door to find out and that was impossible,” he said.  

He also said that Francesca Chaouqui had a huge influence on Vallejo Balda, to the extent that, he once advised the Spanish priest to act "cautiously” in front of her.