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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.

The curious gift the President of the Republic of Guinea gave Pope Francis


"Good morning Mr. President."
"Good Morning."

The pope greeted the president of Guinea in French and he returned the greeting in Italian.

Pope Francis held a meeting with Alpha Condé, who also met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Msgr. Paul Gallagher. They addressed issues such as protection of the environment, migration, dialogue with the Muslim world and peace for Republic of Guinea after repeated coups.

Alpha Condé presented the pope to his delegation. Later, during the exchange of gifts, the president gave an interesting work of art to the pope as he explained it to him.

"It's called Nmba. It is the god of fertility, so that women have many children."

Pope Francis, very attentive to the explanation, responded as well.

"Italy needs fertility."

Pope Francis gave him an engraving with the olive tree of peace and a copy of his encyclical Laudato si'.

Before they finished their meeting, they exchanged this strong handshake and the pope made his usual request ... speaking to him in French.

"Mr. President, thank you very much. Pray for me. Pray for me. "
"I will pray for you."