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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.

Watch the Alexandrov Ensemble performing in the Vatican in 2004


On October 15, 2004, the Alexandrov Ensemble performed for the last time in the Vatican. The occasion was the 26th anniversary of the election of John Paul II, who was visibly moved during the concert. 

Viaceslav A. Korobko, who was the ensemble’s conductor in 2004, is not in the group anymore, so he wasn’t amongst the 92 victims that perished in the plane crash in the Black Sea on December 25.

Pope Francis recalled their performance in the Vatican, a gift from the Russian embassy.

"May the Lord comfort the beloved Russian people and the relatives of the passengers on board: journalists, crew, and the excellent Alexandrov Ensemble. May the Blessed Virgin Mary aid the ongoing search efforts,” Pope Francis said. He concluded asking for prayers for the deceased.

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