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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.

Holy Doors of Mercy close around the world


While November 20 is the date for the closing of the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica, November 13 was the official closure of about 10,000 Holy Doors throughout the world, including three basilicas in Rome: St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major. 

On Sunday, bishops and cardinals gathered for sacred ceremonies and Masses in each church to prayerfully close the doors. The sovereign ceremony was marked with songs and reflection, focusing on the purpose of the Jubilee Year.

The Archpriests of each basilica, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló, and Cardinal James Michael Harvey each led the events.

Archpriest, St. John Lateran
"We close the Holy Door, with certainty that you do not abandon your children and that you always accompany us in your mercy."

The opening of Holy Doors signifies that obstacles between God and man are removed. Thus, there is the opportunity to obtain indulgences, symbolizing the opening of a special pathway to Christ without the blockage of sin. 

While jubilees usually occur every 25 or 50 years, this has been a special Jubilee Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, nearly 16 years after the last Great Jubilee year in 2000, called for by John Paul II.

While the Holy Doors of cathedrals and basilicas throughout the world have been closed by bishops and cardinals, the Holy Doors of St. Peter's Basilica will be shut by Pope Francis.