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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 to Villarreal soccer players: In life, like in sports, you have to play as a team


Before playing a difficult match at the Europa League, Villarreal soccer players visited the pope in the Vatican.

The pontiff did not promise that he would pray for the team to beat Rome, after they lost 0-4 against them in the first game, but he did speak about the team spirit they should live out in their daily lives.

He told them sports are an image of life and society, because life is a team game where one must sacrifice for others. He also told them to keep in mind how many young people watch them on the field.

"Many people, especially young people, admire you and observe you. They want to be like you. Through your professionalism, you are transmitting a way of living to those who follow you, especially to the future generations."

Finally, he told them, to remember all the people who helped them get to the top. Just like in life, he told them that in soccer they must be truly grateful and learn to recognize the help many people gave to them, people who will always remain anonymous to the soccer fans.