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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 Francis meets with John Kerry in his last visit to the Vatican as Secretary of State


John Kerry visited Pope Francis in the Vatican, in what presumably was his last visit to the Vatican as Secretary of State of the United States.
The last time they both met was in September 2015, during the pope's trip to the United States.
Kerry and the pope discussed issues concerning climate change and immigration, as well as the uncertain political situation in the United States.

"I think you understand everything, from what I hear. I know you do.”

John Kerry was joined by his team and the US Ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett.
The pope gave Kerry a copy of his three most important works.

"The three documents: The joy of the gospel, the care for creation, and the family.”

The meeting was very friendly and warm throughout. As always, Pope Francis asked John Kerry what he asks all his guests.

"Thank you so much”
"Pray for me”
"I promise you. Thank you so much. Thank you very, very much.”