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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.

California surfers get an “awesome” autograph on their surfboard from the Pope

2016-06-12

This is the most valuable autograph that these two California surfers, Sean and Daniel, have in their possession. They both spearhead an organization that is allowing the rescue of many young people escaping war and poverty in Liberia.

SEAN BRODY
Surfer
"It's incredible. It's beyond what we could have imagined. To be honest when we first were asked to come here, we thought it was some sort of trick, and the more we learned. Now we´re here and it´s surpassed all of our expectations”.

Their initiative, Surf Resource Liberia, has joined Pope Francis' Scholas educational project. Both of them traveled to Rome for the closing of the Sixth World Congress.

In the short time they were at the Vatican, they could see the scope of this initiative that has brought together various sports and film stars on an international level. 

DANIEL HOPKINS
Surfer
"I think it went really well. I think ultimately it´s going to be a huge milestone for the global surf community to have this opportunity to have Pope  Francis to acknowledge the sport as a bridge towards peace and towards cultural interaction.”

The Scholas project is starting to emerge on a worldwide scale as the Pope's goal is aimed at using sport as a tool for transmitting values.

On several occasions, Pope Francis has underlined the importance of sports with its ability to train young people on values such as teamwork and overcoming difficulties.

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