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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.

World Youth Day date for Panama 2019 is announced


The dates for World Youth Day in Panama in 2019 have been announced: January 22-27, 2019.

Due to the climate and their location in the Southern Hemisphere, the youth encounter will be held during their summer months in an effort to try to avoid their rainy season.

Prefect, Dicastery Laity, Family and Life
"We will have the world gathering of the youth and it will be held in Panama for all the countries of Central America, who will collaborate. The archdiocese will be the specific place where it takes place, the Archdiocese of Panama City, but it will need the support of  all the countries of Central America.”

There is still much preparation and planning to be done and Cardinal Farrell, who is helping organize the event, is in close collaboration with the church and government in Panama.

In 2016, Panama's population was estimated by the UN at nearly 4 million people, which makes it the country with the smallest population in Central America.