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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.

The world lights up for Aleppo on Sunday


On Sunday at 5 p.m., candles will be lit around the world as a sign of solidarity with the war-torn city of Aleppo. With the slogan, "A Light for Aleppo, A Light for All,” the mission is meant to give hope and support to the Syrian people, who are confronted with conflict, lack of security and starvation daily.

The event is organized by the University of Edinburgh and is simply asking four things from people: to light a candle in a window at 5 p.m. On November 20, to share the event with others, to create a lighthouse model drawing or painting and finally take a picture of it and post on social media with the hashtag, #ALightForAleppo.  

Areas throughout Edinburgh will be illuminated, as communities gather along the Firth of Forth and other streets for this joint mission. There is also the option to organize other events around the globe, which many of them are listed on their Facebook page. 

The University of Edinburgh is encouraging donations on their website, which will benefit charities such as Oxfam, Medicin Sans Frontieres, Society of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Caritas Internationalis.

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