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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.

Order of Malta meets to elect a new Grand Master


This place in Rome, on the Aventine Hill, will be the location of Saturday's delicate vote to elect a new Grand Master of the Order of Malta.

There are only twelve candidates, and they are the knights who made their solemn vows at least ten years ago. 

The new Grand Master's main mission will be to return serenity to the Order after last December's crisis. 

The crisis included Pope Francis asking Grand Master Matthew Festing to resign, because he expelled a high ranking official claiming the support of the pope. 

Their situation is still turbulent, and they will likely elect a Lieutenant who will take care of the Order for a year. Then, when the situation has calmed down, they will be able to choose a new superior with more serenity.