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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.

Cardinal Baldisseri: Launching a website for the youth for the upcoming synod


Walking hand in hand, images like this show the undeniable bond Pope Francis has struck with the youth. Now, he wants to understand what can be done to help them take their faith more seriously. Thus, the next Synod of Bishops will be entitled 'Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.' 

Taking place in October 2018, here to lead the synod is Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri. To date, the Vatican has released a preparatory document, which holds the key for the youth to be heard. 

Secretary General, Synod of Bishops 
"It's very important because at the end there is a questionnaire. This was given for the youth, and through this, the youth can respond and also ask other questions. We are open to speak with them, and want their presence. We want them to feel close to us. It was published in many languages, also in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian.”

Cardinal Baldisseri also announced that starting on June 14, this questionnaire will also be available at the new website created just for the synod. 

Secretary General, Synod of Bishops 
"We are launching a website next week for the youth. The youth; therefore, can speak with each other, and have a direct communication with the center, here in Rome. We are also thinking of gathering the youth before the synod assembly. It will not be easy to organize, but we will also see what criteria we will choose from, as well as with the bishops from the Episcopal Conferences. It's certain that we want to do something concrete."

The youth will also be able to send questions and suggestions regarding how the Church can help them, which will help the synod reach its ultimate goal. 

Secretary General, Synod of Bishops 
"The young are open, and being young means having to make life decisions, to make choices. We want, as a Church, to offer them a track, to accompany these young in their choice and in their maturation of that same choice. To distinguish what is good, what's opportune or not. It's not possible to do it alone, one needs help, accompaniment is very important."

It's not uncommon for Pope Francis to take notes when hearing the testimonies of young people. In October 2018, it seems that they will be put to good use.