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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 Francis in Fatima: God is not a ruthless judge restrained by Mary's arm


Pope Francis walked the Sanctuary's esplanade  to the "Capelinha", occasionally stopping to greet the young pilgrims or to collect their letters.

However, the festive atmosphere was instantly transformed as soon as the pope sat in silence to pray before the image of Our Lady. The esplanade went quiet to accompany him in prayer, and the result was this powerful image: thousands of people in the midst of recollection, praying in candlelight in the late hours of the night.

The Holy Father then addressed a few words to the pilgrims, and offered a thought provoking catechesis on the role of the Virgin.

He asked the crowd which Mary they invoke in their prayers: A spiritual life teacher, or a kind of saint who offers low-cost favors at a low price?

"What Mary? A teacher of the spiritual life or a 'plaster statue' from whom we beg favors at little cost?”

Pope Francis said that neither does justice to God or the Virgin, nor does the image of Mary that stops the just arm of God ready to punish.

"Great injustice is done to God’s grace whenever we say that sins are punished by his judgment, without first saying – as the Gospel clearly does – that they are forgiven by his mercy!”

Then the pope sat before the image of the Virgin, and recited the prayer that is most notably known in Fatima: the Rosary. 

At the end, Pope Francis had an unusual moment. He did not go up to the popemobile to say good-bye to the pilgrims, but instead sat down in front of him in the passenger seat, and left discreetly to let the pilgrims participate in the Mass that was to be celebrated in the Shrine.