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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.

Bishops of Venezuela present a dossier to the pope about deaths in the protests


The Venezuelan meeting with the pope began with smiles and even jokes.

"You're very hunched over." 
"Ah, yes."

However the bishops and the pope knew that the issues to be dealt with were difficult and delicate, because the future of Venezuela is at stake. The bishops presented Pope Francis with two disturbing reports.

"In the end there is also a report prepared by Caritas on the situation in Venezuela. Most importantly is the nutritional part that is being used by international agencies to watch the situation in Venezuela. This is also a dossier where we present -well, up until the day we came, and surely there are more-, the latest deaths from the Venezuelan protests in recent days."

Six bishops visited the pope, among them were two cardinals. They are the members of the Presiding Council of the Episcopal Conference representing all Venezuelan bishops.

They gifted Pope Francis a modern icon of the Virgin made by a Venezuelan craftsman.

The meeting with Pope Francis was a request from the Venezuelan bishops after the course of the events in the country. Now the protests against the regime of Nicholas Maduro have been settled, for the moment, with more than 60 dead.