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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.

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood


On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

First, a miracle was attributed to the intercession of Ven. Arsenio da Trigolo (1849-1909), a Capuchin Franciscan priest who founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation.

The following received decrees of heroic virtues:
- Fr. Raymundo Jardón Herrera (1887-1934), a diocesan priest from Mexico.
- Fr. Juan Sáez Hurtado (1897-1982), a diocesan priest from Spain.
- Fr. Ignazio Beschin (1880-1952), a Franciscan priest.
- Fr. Joseph Vandor (1909-79), a Hungarian Salesian priest who served in Cuba.
- Fr. Francesco Convertini (1898-1976), an Italian Salesian priest who served in India.
- Sr. Maria Addolorata De Pascali (1897-1981), foundress of the Sisters Disciples of the Sacred Heart.
- Jan Tyranowski (1900-47), a Polish Catholic layman who profoundly influenced Pope St. John Paul II.