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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.

Pope Francis: antisemitism is completely contrary to Christian principles


Several representatives of the Anti-Defamation League met with the pope this morning at the Vatican. This US organization works against antisemitism and racial hatred. It does so by denouncing these actions and creating educational projects. 

The Anti-Defamation League stated that both they and the Catholic Church are concerned about the rise of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and the persecution of Christians around the world. 

Pope Francis remembered that "whereas the culture of encounter and reconciliation engenders life and gives rise to hope, the "non-culture” of hate sows death and reaps despair.” 

The Pope also condemned antisemitism and said that "the best way of preventing every kind of violence is caring for the sacred gift of all human life, and safeguarding its dignity from conception to death.” 

"Sadly, anti-Semitism, which I again denounce in all its forms as completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person, is still widespread today.” 

It was a cordial encounter in which symbolic gifts were not lacking. According to David Sandmel, Director of Inter-religious Engagement in the Anti-Defamation League, "the relationship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church is one of the most encouraging stories of the post-World War II era”, and "can serve as a model in these times of division.” 

He says there are some "unresolved issues between the Church and the Jewish people”.  These include: 

- The failure of Israel and the Holy See to conclude negotiations on the Formal Agreement. 

- The fact that the Vatican archives from Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust have yet to be opened to researchers.

-That antisemitism, though expressly and regularly repudiated by the Church, has not yet been eliminated from its ranks. 

- Anti-Christian violence and rhetoric from extremist Jews in Israel is also a concern. 

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to counter antisemitism. Pope Francis is the third pope to meet with this association, as they also visited John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

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