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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.

Chicago Archbishop and Cubs fan who shares Pope Francis' vision is elevated to cardinal


Days after Archbishop Cupich from Chicago presented the World Series winning Cubs hat and baseball to Pope Francis, he will be elevated to cardinal on Saturday, with 16 other cardinals from around the world. 

Cupich has a "tribe” of 38 relatives in Rome for the event, stemming from his large family, where he is one of eight kids. There also are more than 500 people from the United States who have come to support him, not only from Chicago, but from Nebraska, Ohio, and D.C., to name a few. His Nebraska friends even brought him a gift to represent the Huskers during the Consistory on Saturday.

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"I think this is a great day for Chicago. It's an opportunity for us to see we have a part to play in the universal Church, that people have really proudly embraced over its long heritage, so I'm just the latest chapter in that long history.”

With his election to cardinal, he says he has already seen an increase in requests and activities for him to participate in. For example, he was appointed to the Congregation for Bishops by Pope Francis and says even this role is very demanding with the frequent meetings and necessary documentation. 

Archbishop of Chicago
"I've committed myself to really making Chicago my priority, and I want to continue to do that. I'd be hard-pressed to accept things outside of the archdiocese, given the fact that we are in the middle of a major renewal of the archdiocese that I have to be present to.”

This renewal has been marked by various actions, including his selection of the first woman as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is revamping the archdiocese and looking to spread the mission of the Church out to the community, by remaining close to the people as Pope Francis often asks priests to do.