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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 to young priests: put your heart in all that you do


Pope Francis spoke about the challenges new priests are facing during this plenary meeting for the Congregation of the Clergy. He thanked them for the official document they recently published regarding the preparation of future priests. 

"This document speaks of an integral formation, capable of including all aspects of life. For that reason, it indicates the way to form missionary disciples.”

Pope Francis also asked the bishops to take special care of the young priests. He asked them to have faith in them, because God trusts young people. 

He gave them two pieces of advice: 

Do not let the lack of vocations lead you to accept a man without a vocation into the seminary. 

Do not abandon their priests, but instead to heed their calls and go meet them. 

He gave young priests three tips:

Pray every day.

Do not be satisfied or think that you know everything. 

Finally, for them to put their heart in all that they do, because to be a priest is to live a life for God and for others. 

- BN