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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.

What Trump thinks about Pope Francis, according to his tweets


The first clue about Trump's view of a Pope came with the resignation of Benedict XVI.

The new president wrote in February 2013 that he was not in favor of the resignation of the German Pope. He thought it was a move that could harm Benedict XVI himself and the Church.

Weeks later, after the election of Cardinal Bergoglio as new Pope, Trump congratulated all Catholics. However, the first difference came a day later, when Pope Francis paid from his pocket the lodging where he was in the days before the conclave. Trump thought it was not the way of doing things.

The response of the people did not wait. He was told that the difference between him and Pope Francis was that the pontiff did not have to always show his importance. To that criticism Trump responded with strong and proud self irony: "that's why I'll never be Pope”.

That same year, in December, he praised Francis: "The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!”

Trump's clearest position on the Pope was to respond to these words of the pontiff after the trip to Mexico:

"A person who only thinks about building walls and  does not focus on building bridges is not a Christian. This is not the Gospel.”

He was talking about Trump's proposal of building a wall between Mexico and the United States. Trump responded that the Pope was missing a part of the problem and that if ISIS were to attack the Vatican, Pope Francis would be the first to pray for Donald Trump to be president of the United States.

In a recent interview the Pope avoided evaluating the proposals of Trump and said that consideration  would have to wait until decisions by the president were made.

Although they have points of agreement such as the rejection of abortion, it is clear that there are wide differences on how to solve the challenges of our time.