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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.

Unprecented three-way meeting with the pope, Colombian president Santos, and former president Uribe


Pope Francis will go to Colombia when there is a final agreement for peace. This is what the pope told Juan Manuel Santos in their meeting in the Vatican. 

The president received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo a few days ago, and is now touring several countries in Europe to strengthen his country's diplomatic ties. The meeting with the pope was one of his most important appointments.

"Bullets ruled our past. Peace will rule our future.

Juan Manuel Santos gave the pope a symbolic gift: a bullet repurposed as a pen. Bullets were an instrument of conflict in the past; now, it will seal peace in Colombia.

At the end of their meeting, Santos gave the pope a formal invitation to come to Colombia, to which the pope answered like this:

"I am going to give you a letter, this makes the invitation to Colombia official.

"When everything is settled I will go.

After that, the pope met in private with the former Colombian president, Álvaro Uribe. He is a strong advocate against the peace treaty Santos is trying to get through. That is why the pope meeting with both president's is such a powerful  image: a new attempt from the pope to promote peace in the violence-stricken regions of the world. 

The pope's intervention was crucial to prevent the United States and France from bombing Syria. He also was instrumental in the establishment of diplomatic relations between United States and Cuba. The Vatican has also tried to push Venezuela in the right direction in their very complicated situation, and with this meeting, the pope is trying to foster peace in Colombia.