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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.

Angelus: Pope Francis remembers victims of the avalanche at Hotel Rigopiano


Pope Francis has once again explained some of the same ideas, but this time in a different way. During the Sunday Angelus, he stated that conversion is not simply praying more.

"This is important: conversion is not only changing the way of living, but also the way of thinking. It is a transformation of thought."

He reminded attendees that Wednesday will be the last day in the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. He also congratulated the countries in the Far East who will celebrate New Year's on January 28.

Finally, he sent a message of support to those affected by the snowfalls and earthquakes in the center Italy. The rescue teams are still working tirelessly to try to find people who were buried by the avalanche on January 18.

"I am close to them with prayer and with affection for families whose loved ones are among the victims. I encourage those who are working with great generosity in works of aid and assistance."

In August, a series of earthquakes began that has not yet stopped. The latest one was last Wednesday. With the arrival of winter and snow, more than 90,000 people were left without electricity and trapped for several days, many of them elderly.