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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.

Pope Francis will receive the Charlemagne Prize tomorrow for being Europe's "voice of conscience"

2016-05-05

Tomorrow, Pope Francis will receive the Charlemagne prize in the Regal Room of the Vatican. This is an award given to distinguished individuals for their contribution to world peace, to the unity of Europe, and for the promotion of this continent's longstanding values. 

It was instituted in Aachen at the end of 1949, and the jury is made up of some of the leading personalities of the German city.

The Argentine pontiff will be the 58th winner of the prize and the second pope who will have received it after John Paul II in 2004.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, the presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, will all attend the ceremony. They will meet with the Pope before the event. Other personalities like King Philip VI of Spain, will be in attendance. 

Popes do not usually accept awards, so Pope Francis has raised great expectations for the speech that he will deliver at the ceremony. In fact, one of the reasons for giving him the award is that he is considered "the voice of conscience” of the European continent. 

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