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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.

The pope's proposals to the Chilean bishops: youth, indigenous people, and defending life


Fernando Chomali is the Archbishop of Concepción, Chile's second most important diocese. Along with the other bishops of his country, he has had two long meetings behind closed doors with the pope, in which Pope Francis confided some of his priorities. 

Archbishop of Concepción (Chile)
"He insisted that we are in an orphaned society, and that we have to be parents. Paternity is a tremendously important value today for the the priests, the religious, and the entire believing world. He told us that we have to invite young people to concrete projects with concrete people. He told us, "Take them, all the believers and unbelievers" to meet reality, and in "doing" so, they will ask the most fundamental questions of their life."

The pope also asked them to continue working with charity and firmness to defend life, before the abortion bill that is being proposed in Chile.

He also told them that they should help young people get to know older people, and that he wants them to value and promote indigenous peoples.

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