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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.

Regina Coeli: Pope calls Catholics to be instruments of justice and reconciliation


Pope Francis prayed the Regina Coeli before thousands of pilgrims, which is recited instead of the Angelus until the next Sunday of Pentecost. Pope Francis explained that this change in prayer is due to the importance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which marks the Catholic faith.

"During this period after Easter, Sunday has a much more illuminated meaning."

Pope Francis recalled that the week after Easter, the Church celebrates the feast of Divine Mercy. He said that attitude is a central part of the faith, even if the Jubilee is over.

"Mercy, in short, forces all to be instruments of justice, reconciliation and peace. Let us never forget that mercy is the key to the life of faith, and the concrete way in which we visibility contribute to the resurrection of Jesus."

After the Regina Coeli, the pope recalled the recent beatification of the Spanish priest Luis Antonio Rosa Ormières. He also greeted lively groups from the Netherlands, Germany and, of course, Italy.