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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 could travel to Egypt in 2017


Although there are still no dates or trip itinerary, the Vatican has confirmed that the pope is considering going to Egypt.

It would not be a surprising announcement, as in recent months the Vatican and Cairo University, Al-Azhar, have tightened their relations. In May 2016, its rector, the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyib, visited Pope Francis. This university is a reference point for the Muslim intellectual world.

The trip would be another sign of progress in the relationship between Catholicism and Islam, and a step in the fight against fundamentalism. The pope's visit to one of the Muslim world's key points of thought would reveal that part of Islam does not share the view of terrorists.

At the moment, the only confirmed trips for 2017 are to the sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal in May, and Colombia in September.