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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.

Pope Francis gets applause for remembering those affected by the last earthquake in Central Italy


Pope Francis got an intense applause by the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square when, on Sunday, just a few hours after the last earthquake, he remembered those affected and conveyed his closeness with them in these difficult times. 

"I convey my closeness to the people in Central Italy who have been struck by the earthquake.”

The earthquake that struck Italy on Sunday morning, with a magnitude of 6.5 in the Richter scale, has been the strongest in Italy in the last 36 years. 

As he normally does during the Angelus prayer, the pope also reflected on the day's Gospel. It told the story of how Jesus changes the behavior of a sinner, Zacchaeus, in a very peculiar way, without scolding him.

"Jesus' attitude towards Zacchaeus lights up a different path: that of showing he who strays that he is still valued; the value that God never ceases to acknowledge, despite everything, despite all his mistakes.”

The pope concluded his homily by asking the pilgrims for their prayers for his trip to Sweden, and reminding them that, in many places around the world, Christians are still being persecuted because of their faith.