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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.

U.S. condemns genocide committed against Christians by Islamic State and Boko Haram

2016-08-11

The United States calls the Islamic State and Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group associated with Daesh, "one of the most egregious violators of religious freedom in the world.”

These were the statements made in an annual report by the United States Department of State on international religious freedom. The paper analyzes the degree of freedom of religion that exists in every country, by studying their laws and their governments.

The U.S. government has already commented on other occasions on this "genocide” against religious minorities being committed by the Islamic State. International organizations such as Aid to the Church in Need agree that using this more forthright term can help shed light on the situation of persecuted religious minorities.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need, Italy
"It is our duty to recognize the genocide at an international level, at the level of the European Union, which has already recognized it, and at a country level, because recognizing this drama is the first step to mobilizing and intervening.”

The report warns about the terrorist group Boko Haram, which is gaining strength in numbers and committing more atrocities in sub-Saharan Africa.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need, Italy
"Last year, a report issued a statement classifying the Boko Haram as the world's deadliest terrorist organization, with the highest number of deaths. In addition, Boko Haram not only commits their acts in Nigeria, but we have evidence that they have spread to Niger, Cameroon and Chad, and they need to be stopped.”

The report also criticized some European governments, such as Hungary and Slovakia, for attempting to discriminate against refugees because of their religious beliefs.


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