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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 asks to remember South Sudan: the second great famine of the 21st century


"The painful news coming from battered South Sudan provokes a serious concern.”

Pope Francis has endorsed the appeal of international humanitarian agencies who on Monday announced this alarm: the youngest country in the world is literally starving. It is a hunger provoked by war, violence and instability.

Since its independence in 2011 and an initial apparent economic boom, the resulting crisis, corruption and violence have led this country to collapse.

The UN estimates that 100,000 people are at high risk of death and UNICEF warns that the most vulnerable are children. In addition, it is estimated that the number of affected could increase to five million by the month of July, when it's estimated there will be no more crops. 

The famine reported by Pope Francis is the second one after which the Horn of Africa ravaged the lives of a million people in 2011. It had been described as the worst famine of the last 60 years.