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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.

The homeland that shaped Pope Francis


Just as home has a special place in one's heart, no matter where they are, Pope Francis' home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the same.  

"For me, the Argentine people are my people; you are important; I continue to be Argentine, I sill travel with an Argentine passport. I am convinced that, as people, you are the greatest treasure our homeland has”.

Despite this love for his country, there are certain areas that the Argentine bishops say could be improved on in the country. These are areas that Pope Francis himself worked on while still a bishop there.

Chairman, National Justice and Peace Commission (Argentina)
"Now speaking about my country, it seems to me that the most important challenge that we have is to overcome the high degree of inequality and poverty that our country has at the moment".

Currently, there is a poverty rate of more than 30 percent in Argentina, which is affecting all members of society. The bishop of San Justo says that the Church continues its mission of trying to care for the weakest and healing inequality by the pope's example through dialogue and communion. 

Bishop of San Justo, Argentina.
"The Church continues in its place, trying to accompany the weakest, most fragile. Trying to be an instrument of dialogue and communion and, above all, to be very attentive to the needs of others who do not have answers and to live charity by offering everything possible that they can”.

Chairman, National Justice and Peace Commission (Argentina)
"Of course, Pope Francis is attentive to the Argentine reality, from his role, which is an international role now, which is as the Holy Father for the whole world, for all humanity. But of course his homeland is also a reason for attention. I believe that he not only carries it in his heart, but he carries Argentina and her people in his permanent prayers .... so, of course we are in the heart of the Pope”.

How could the now-pope forget about his homeland and the place that shaped who he is as a person now? It is obvious that he has taken his personal care for the Catholic Church in his country and applied it to his leadership in the Church as a whole.