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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's weekly schedule: Feast of Guadalupe and meeting with Nobel laureate Santos


Pope Francis kicks off his week with a very important event for Latin Americans: the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At 6 p.m. he will preside over Mass in St. Peter's to celebrate the occasion.

That same day, the pope starts his meetings with his Council of Cardinals. They are putting the finishing touches on the Apostolic Constitution on the reform of the Curia. They will be meeting until Wednesday. That day, the pope will celebrate his traditional General Audience in Paul VI Audience hall.

On Friday, Pope Francis will meet with Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They will presumably speak about two issues: the peace process, and a possible apostolic trip to the country.

Saturday is the pope's birthday, and it's not any other birthday. He turns 80. He will have a simple and private celebration, as he usually does.
The next day, however, he won't be likely to avoid a 'Happy Birthday' from the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus.