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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

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.

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.

Investigative phase of canonization process closes for Dora del Hoyo


With this ceremony, the investigative phase of the canonization process has officially closed for Opus Dei member Dora del Hoyo, during a ceremony in Rome with Bishop Javier Echevarria.

Prelate of Opus Dei
"Dora was a very feminine woman with a strong personality. She was a very good and serious professional woman. She was very respectful and attentive to all people, and she loved everyone a lot. She prayed sincerely, from her heart every day.”

The ceremony presented materials gathered about Dora's life, virtues and reputation for holiness.  
Now, they will send the documents to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Holy See who will then decide if the testimonies pose enough evidence to continue with the process.

Promoter of Justice
"She was a person dedicated to God, with only one goal: to serve others, struggling with her limitations, with the help of grace.”

"She loved to do the things to the smallest detail and she took care of the all the small details.”

However, the process of Dora being declared a saint will be a very long one, as the Vatican is currently studying around 400 other cases that have been brought to their attention. The speed of the process also can be influenced if the devotion to Dora del Hoyo rapidly increases over the next few months or years.