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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 at Angelus: God never abandons us!


In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis spoke about the troubles of the world, such as wars, revolutions or disasters, that sometimes feel as though they are too much to bear. Despite these trials, he said, God is always there in the midst of them all.

"Church history is full of examples of people who have supported terrible suffering and tribulations with serenity, because they felt with certainty they were firmly in the hands of God. He is a faithful Father, and a caring Father, who does not abandon his children. God never abandons us! We must have this certainty in our heart: God never abandons us!”

The pope warned the pilgrims not to be deceived when problems seem overbearing, because with God's help, they can be solved. 

"Jesus knows that there is always those who take advantage of others based on the need for human security. Therefore He says, 'Take heed that you not be deceived,' and He warns of the many false messiahs who would present themselves. Even today there are some!”

He concluded the Angelus by uniting with the Bishops on the Italian day of Thanksgiving, asking for citizens to recognize and care for the Earth as a treasure. He reminded people that there are many in the world without basic needs such as food or water.