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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 reveals the medicine to change people's hearts


Braving the Roman sun, some of Rome's youngest pilgrims got well deserved time with Pope Francis this morning. 

In his catechesis, the pope explained that "no one can live without love,” and when there is not love, there are consequences. 

"When one isn't or does not feel loved as an adolescent, then violence can grow. Within many forms of social hate and hooliganism there is often a heart that is not known. There are no bad children, just as there are no evil teenagers, there are unhappy people.” 

He explained that God's "first step” towards us is with unconditional love, despite any sins one may have. He compared it to a mother's love. 

"A mom continues to love her son even when this son is in prison. A mother does not ask for the cancellation of human justice, because every error requires redemption, but a mother never stops suffering for her son. She loves him even when he sins. God does the same with us: we are his beloved children.” 

Going off script, Pope Francis then asked the crowd what the cure is for someone with an unhappy heart. 

"What is the medicine that changes an unhappy heart?”
"Very good, very good everyone!”

After remembering that love calls love, he then concluded the audience by remembering St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast day was celebrated June 13. 

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