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June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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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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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 Francis: For a hospital to be Catholic, it must first be human


The pope has met with some of the smallest patients at the Vatican's pediatric hospital. They are children and teenagers who are starring in a docu-reality for an Italian channel about the experiences of youth and their families in hospitals. 

"Without the Bambin Gesù hospital I would not be here talking to you. It's very probable I would have died long ago."

"I want to thank all the doctors, who are a great team, although I often treat them badly. It's a fantastic hospital."

The pope thanked the doctors and the children's families, because they have helped fill the patients with the medicine he said is most important: "affection."

"There is the danger, the risk of forgetting that the most important medicine can only be given by a family: caresses. But if this is a Catholic hospital, wait, to be Catholic, you have to be human first. And you give a witness to humanity today."

The pope signed several photos for friends who were still in the hospital, but was moved by the shyness of this little boy.

That is why, before leaving, he especially greeted him.

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