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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.

Pope asks Donald Trump to work to build peace


The first greeting between Pope Francis and Donald Trump was marked by a prudent, but cordial tone.

"You're welcome.”

"Thank you very much. It's a great honor.”

Trump and the pope privately met for 30 minutes behind closed doors.

In these meetings gestures count more than the words exchanged. In particular, the pope's gifts sent a profound message. 

"This is a medallion made by a Roman artist, with the olive tree as a symbol of peace. It has two branches. For there is the division of war, and the olive tree slowly makes peace."

"We're going to use it. We could use peace."

"It is my strongest desire that you can be an olive tree to make peace.”

Donald Trump presented the first edition of  Martin Luther King's works as a gift to Pope Francis. 

"These are books and some letters from Martin Luther King."

Pope Francis joked with Melania about the Slovenia's typical dessert. 

"Do you prepare 'potiza' for him"?

"What do you give him to eat?"


The pope also greeted Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared, one of the top aids to the president.

It was a cordial encounter that ended with this handshake.

"Thank you. Thank you. I will not forget what you said. Thank you.”

The Vatican spokesman was satisfied with the meeting, in which both sides recognized "the common commitment to life and religious freedom and conscience.” However, common ground was not established on every issue. 

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 "There was also discussion about collaboration between the State and the Catholic Church in the United States, especially where the church is so engaged in fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.”

President Trump met for almost an hour with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin, whom he exchanged views with regarding "the promotion of peace through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue, especially in the Middle East and with regard to the situation of Christian communities.”

He then visited the Sistine Chapel with his wife and daughter.

He also entered St. Peter's Basilica, and made a special stop in front of Michelangelo's Pietà.

He also stood before the tomb of John Paul II.

Melania Trump caressed the foot of the statue of St. Peter as the pilgrims do.

Just like that, the closing of the basilica door also closed the first visit of Trump's visit to the Vatican as the President of the USA. 

- BN