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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: Meeting with Roman Curia and Christmas Eve Mass


The pope has a busy week ahead of the Christmas celebrations.
This time around last year, Pope Francis went on a spiritual retreat in his home, but, as of yet, there are no news regarding a similar retreat this year.
On Wednesday, he will take part in the General Audience with pilgrims, in Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican.
On Thursday, he has summoned high-ranking officials of the Roman Curia to wish them a merry Christmas. The Pope usually takes the opportunity to give them important advice about work culture and lifestyle in the Vatican.
After that, he will meet with Vatican workers and their families in Paul VI Audience Hall, to wish them happy holidays too.
On Saturday, the pope will celebrate the traditional Christmas Mass at 9:30 p.m., Rome time.

On December 25, at noon, Pope Francis will give his traditional Christmas speech and the "Urbi et Orbi” blessing, which he only gives on the Feast of the Resurrection.