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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 meets families from 2016 Bangladesh terrorist attack


Following the July 2016 terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh with around 30 causalities, Pope Francis invited family members of the victims to a private audience with him. 
Monsignor Valentino Di Cerbo, the Bishop of Alife-Caiazzo, in southern Italy also attended to remember one of the 18 foreigners, an Italian man from his diocese, who was killed in the attack.

Bishop of Alife-Caiazzo (Italy)
"However, we want to thank you for your kindness and charity for those who have suffered due to this tragedy on July 1, 2016.”

Pope Francis blessed those present and explained that in the wake of terror, there are two paths to take. He urged those present to take the path of goodness and forgiveness.  

As an example of this, the children present carried little olive tree plants as a sign of peace, harmony and hope for the future.