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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.

Today Pope Francis will speak at the "Vatican" of Sunni Muslims


Pope Francis arrives in Egypt today to defuse the clash of conflicts between Christians and Muslims. 

He has been invited to speak at Al Azhar University, which is more or less the "Vatican" of Sunni Muslims. It is perhaps the most important institution in the Muslim world.

With this message, he advanced the mission of his trip.  

"A message of brotherhood and reconciliation with all the children of Abraham, particularly the Muslim world, in which Egypt holds so important a place.”

The pope will also give an important speech at a Cairo hotel, in front of the president, politicians and representatives of civil society. It will be a delicate speech, because Al Sisi came to power in 2013, after a highly supported coup rejecting the Islamization undertaken by his predecessor, Morsi.

At the last minute, Pope Francis will visit the Pope of the Copts, Theodore II, as a sign of solidarity for the recent attacks.

On Saturday, the pope will celebrate Mass in front of 20,000 people at a military airport in Cairo. There, he will meet with priests and religious before returning to Rome.

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