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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 at General Audience: God cannot be God without us


If there's one reason why this pope has won people's affection, it's for gestures such as this:  before beginning his weekly catechesis, he allotted more than 30 minutes to spend time greeting the pilgrims. 

In his catechesis, he explained the "Our Father,” the most important prayer. It is a prayer that expresses the true nature of God: He is a father. 

"It is He who cannot be without us. This is a great mystery: God cannot be God without man. This is a great mystery.”

In fact, Pope Francis suggested to all in attendance that they look at their lives through the eyes of being God's child, and entrust their worries to Him. 

"Now I propose one thing to you: each of us has many problems, many needs. Let us think a little in silence about these problems and needs. Let us also think of the Father, of our Father who cannot be without us, and who is watching us at this moment. All together, with faith and hope, let us pray, 'Our Father...'”

The pope then asked everyone to participate in the one-minute peace initiative to be held on June 8 at 1:00 p.m., Rome local time. 

"In our time there is a great need to pray- Christians, Jews and Muslims- for peace."

It is an initiative that has been promoted worldwide by several Italian and Argentine Catholic organizations.

It is held on June 8, marking the third anniversary of the historic meeting for peace held at the Vatican by Pope Francis with the presidents of Israel and Palestine.