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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 visits the Church of the twentieth century martyrs


Pope Francis will visits this basilica this weekend. It is called Saint Bartholomew on Tiber Island, in Rome. 

It's a very special place in the center of Rome, guarded by the Community of San Egidio. Its six chapels guard "memories" of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christians murdered for professing their faith in recent decades.

For example, there are letters from Protestant pastor Paul Schneider, who was murdered for preaching the Gospel in a concentration camp.

There is also the rosary of Ceferino Giménez Malla, a gypsy that was killed in the Spanish Civil War.

You can also see the Bible of Shabaaz Bhatti, the Christian minister of Pakistan murdered for his work in favor of religious minorities.

There are also relics of the Polish priest Jerzy Popieluzsko, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1984.
Of the Latin American martyrs, Monsignor Romero's missile is preserved, and reminders of the pastoral Posadas Ocampo, assassinated by drug traffickers in Mexico, can also be seen.

The last "memoir" that is preserved is the breviary of the French priest Jacques Hamel,  which is opened to the final page he read before being killed in his own church by two terrorists acting on behalf of ISIS.

Pope Francis will pray before them, reminding Christians that even today there are martyrs not afraid to lose their lives in order to defend their faith.