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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.

Benedict XVI turns 89 on Saturday

2016-04-15

Benedict XVI turns 89-years-old. He will celebrate in silence, with the same discretion that he has lived since renouncing his pontificate, three years ago.

Benedict XVI
"With full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome.”

Since then, he has rarely been seen in public. The last time was on December 8th at the opening of the Holy Door, during the inauguration of the Jubilee.

Lately, Benedict XVI's new mission has consisted on teaching the work of a Pope Emeritus. He says that his only task is to help the new Pope, and so with great discretion he has no public speeches or articles published.

FR. JOHN WAUCK
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
"Along with the intellectual contribution that he has given to the Church. Benedict has also left us a beautiful lesson, a human lesson, a virtue in humility, with his decision to step down. To recognize that the Church needed to have more physical stamina and energy at this moment in its life.” 

Now, one of the few ways to see what he has been up to is to follow his Facebook profile named, The Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, which includes photos like these of his recent private meetings.


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