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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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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

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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 Francis will close the jubilee for the Dominicans


The Dominicans are about to conclude their Jubilee, commemorating the 800th anniversary of its foundation. The finishing touch will be a mass in the basilica of St. John Lateran with Pope Francis.

They are very excited about their meeting with the pope and for having the opportunity to celebrate his centenary anniversary with him.

Master General, Order of Dominicans
"For us it is very significant, because the pope has accepted the invitation to preside at this Eucharistic celebration at the end of our Jubilee.  For us to ask the pope for his blessing is almost repeating what St. Dominic did 800 years ago with Pope Honorius."

It was in fact 800 years ago, in 1216, when Pope Honorius III approved the Order of Preachers. For the Dominicans, their jubilee year, which began on November 7, 2016, is unbeatable. They say that it has also been an important time for reflection.

Vicar to the Master, Dominican Order
"It's been a nice year for us and we have celebrated ourselves and our own history but because it's the order of preachers, and our primary task is to be at the service of the Church and the preaching of the Gospel that question has been at the forefront of our minds aswell... So not just to celebrate the past and the wonderful people of the past but to say: 'What are the things we need to think about as challenges of the preaching of the Gospel."

In order to celebrate, about 400 members of the Dominican family will gather in Rome. In addition to attending Mass with the pope, they will hold a conference on their mission as an Order.

In their meeting, they will try to respond to the challenges present for an Order with 800 years of history in today's world.

Master General, Order of Dominicans
"It seems very important to me to know the digital cultures, the scientific and traditional culture. Take time to explore it. Listen, just as Jesus did."

The congregation is present on five continents and has more than 6,000 members. Now their biggest challenge is to follow in the footsteps of St. Dominic Guzman in the current world.