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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.

Pope's animated lunch with 100 prisoners in Milan prison


The inmates at the St. Vittore jail excitedly recall that the pope made them forget their fate, even if for only a few minutes.

Pope Francis greeted them each one by one and told them that he sees them as brothers. These words were transmitted into emotions that were felt throughout. The prisoners received the pope with applause ...

... a lot of applause.

Even still, there was more applause.

So much so that Pope Francis, before sitting at the table to eat, said this.

"I could say: lots of applause, lots of applause but afterwards they won't feed us. May the Lord bless everyone, bless this lunch, those who have prepared it, our families and give peace to our heart. Amen. Enjoy your meal!"

Pope Francis had lunch with 100 detainees, without any special regime. He ate the same thing as them: pasta, since what else could it be in Italy?

In total, he spent three hours with them and even nodded off in the chaplain's room.