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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

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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 talks about the struggles in his pontificate in a new book

2016-09-09

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, at 89 years of age, broke his silence in this long-form interview with  the journalist Peter Seewald, a long time collaborator with whom he has written three other books.

The book is available in English, German, and Italian, and it is titled "Last Testament.”

Pope Benedict's book lives up to the expectation. He touches upon every possible subject, and he answers with a seemingly straightforward depth.

Peter Seewald asks him the hardest question: Does he think his pontificate was a failure? Pope Benedict answers: 

"I do not see myself as a failure. For eight years I carried out my work. There were difficult moments (…) but in general many people found new paths to faith and there has been positive movement.”

He says that more than a theologian, he tried to be a pastor. Or even a "confessor” who "treated God's Word with passion.

He explains his decision to step down and even how he wrote his document of resignation. He says he did not feel any pressure and that was not disillusioned.

He confesses that he did not see Cardinal Bergoglio as a top candidate for the papacy, but when he was elected he was glad to see how he prays and how he treats people.

Pope Benedict states he does not feel strong enough to write any more books, but that he prepares the homilies for his Sunday Masses at Mater Ecclesiae monastery.

It is a work of great spirituality and humanity, that will allow people to better understand the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, who has now become the first retired Pope to write a book about his own papacy.


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