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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' Lenten and Holy Week Schedule


Pope Francis always keeps to a tireless schedule, and the Easter season is no different. Beginning with his departure from Rome on the First Sunday of Lent for spiritual exercises, he will return to many more activities awaiting him. That same Sunday, he will visit a parish on the outskirts of Rome.   

The Holy Father's first event upon his arrival back will be on March 17, where he will preside over a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica. 

On March 25, he will go on a pastoral visit to Milan. He will celebrate an outdoor Mass, as well as visit the recently confirmed youth, the Duomo, and a prison. 

He begins the month of April with another pastoral visit to a northern Italian town, Carpi, on the second, to remember the victims of the 2012 earthquake. 

At Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on April 9, the World Youth Day Cross will be handed over from Poland to Panama

With the arrival of Holy Thursday on April 13, he will celebrate morning chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, and will then celebrate evening Mass with foot washing. The location is still unannounced. 

On Good Friday, there will be an afternoon liturgy of the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica, completed with the Way of the Cross at 9:15 p.m. in the Colosseum. 

At 8:30 p.m. the following night, he will celebrate Easter Vigil mass in the Basilica

On Easter morning, Sunday, April 16, a public mass will be said in St. Peter's Square. Immediately after, the Holy Father will give his papal blessing, "urbi et orbi” (to the city and to the world). 

The Easter season marks a very special time in the Catholic Church, as well as the city of Rome. The events of Pope Francis certainly guide the faithful in this time of penance and renewal.