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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.
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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.
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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 to end Jubilee Year by closing the Holy Doors at St. Peter's

2016-11-18

Almost one year after the pope initiated the Jubilee Year of Mercy and opened the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica, he will now close them on Sunday with a Mass at 10 a.m., thus ending the year dedicated to mercy.

There have been more than 20 million pilgrims who have made the trip to Rome to pass through the Holy Doors in the past year. 

Pope Francis wanted to make the possibility of a plenary indulgence widely available, so everyone could attain total remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. Thus, each diocese around the world had a Holy Door and it is estimated that more than 1 billion people have participated in the Year of Mercy.

Since the beginning of the 14th century, there have been 26 ordinary Jubilee Years, which occur every 25-50 years. Additionally, there have been three "Extraordinary Jubilee” Years, which are announced without much advanced planning, like this one. 
 
In addition to closing the Doors, on Saturday the pope will preside at the Consistory for the creation of 17 new cardinals, 13 of them who are under age 80 and able to vote in an eventual conclave. 

The Mass on Sunday will be the first Mass celebrated with all of the new cardinals and Pope Francis. 

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