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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.

Vatican brings world experts together on rare diseases


If there were different categories for disease the "rare” category would be in last place. So simply put, they are diseases that are so rare that no time or money is spent to find a cure.

That's why the Vatican has called for a congress in Rome from November 10 to 12. Speakers will include different world experts who will exchange various experiences and work to find solutions.

It is estimated that there are 7,000 rare diseases, which affect eight percent of the world population.

Secretary, Pont. Council for Health Care Workers
"As we well know in the world of suffering, in the field of health, there has always been and will always be the Church. FLASH. 
There are still countries where the Church covers for the lack of medical care. Many have given their lives. Think of the last Ebola epidemic."

Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
"I think it's important because this problem has remained in silence and this silence must be broken. Not only in the case of rare diseases but also in the case of neglected diseases."

Thus, the other major theme at this conference focuses on forgotten or neglected diseases, those occurring in places particularly hit by poverty or war. There are an estimated one billion people affected worldwide.

These include diseases such as rabies or leprosy, which under normal conditions could be prevented, but they are never a priority.