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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.

“Yes, I'm a doctor. I am a Christian and I have cured ISIS terrorists.”


There are three types of people who don't flee from a war: those in combat, those who can't leave and those who stay to help others. 

This is the case of this family from Iraq, who are all Christians. They had visited Rome, but have already returned to their country. He is a doctor and his hands have healed every type of war wound, including those from ISIS terrorists. 

"ISIS arrived in 2014. Everyone fled from the Plain of Nineveh, but we decided to stay. I am a doctor and my wife is a teacher, and we stayed to serve our people. The most difficult thing is to convince my colleagues to operate on patients from ISIS. They look at them like the enemy, but I try to convince them that this man is a human being. That's why we have to help them, even if the operation lasts two or three hours."
However, while he helps the wounded and sick from every way of life, his wife does not watch idly. At their home, they house 50 refugees. 

"It's been a little difficult. Instead of cooking for four, I have to cook for 50. We have given up our bed and have gotten mattresses for the others. We must get up early to buy food for all these people. They came at night and we felt the need to help them, to feed them and to provide a bed where they can sleep."

The family belongs to the Focolare Movement and passed through Europe to share their testimony. In Rome, they were able to see the pope and gather a touch of hope to return back to the harsh reality of their country.