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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.

Film director, Martin Scorsese meets Pope Francis


World renowned movie director, Martin Scorsese, met with the pope in preparation for the premiere of his latest film, 'Silence,' which will be shown at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome on Dec. 1.

During the 15 minute meeting, Scorsese's wife and two daughters were also there, along with the film's producer and his wife. 

Martin Scorsese gifted Pope Francis two interesting religious pictures.

"This is a Japanese artist from the 17th century, and the original is in the 26 Martyr (Museum). But this is the most revered image for the hidden Christians. This is with the Jesuits. We used this for research in our film.” 

The pope, in turn, gave the visitors some rosaries and warmly said greeted each person one-by-one. 

The new film, "Silence” is based on a 1966 novel by Japanese writer Shusaku Endo about a group of Jesuits who were persecuted in 17th-century Japan. As such, around 400 Jesuits and other visitors are expected to attend the premiere in Rome on Thursday.