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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.

Vatican organizes world congress to fight corruption


"Corruption is paid by the poor.”

Corruption is unjust because it negatively affects the weakest. That is why the pope believes that the Church has much to say in the fight against corruption. 

The Vatican is trying to fight against it with its own weapon: dialogue. Bishops, judges, police, politicians and victims have gathered in Rome to exchange experiences in the fight against corruption, which in some places is second nature. 

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"The Church has a principle role to play in forming consciences and creating a mentality that follows the laws and provides transparency. Also in facilitating relations between institutions and individuals in a correct way to achieve the common good.”

In this congress organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, there are anti-mafia prosecutors and representatives of anti-trafficking organizations. 

This congress joins other initiatives in this fight, such as the pope's meeting with judges in November 2016, as well as meeting with mayors from around the world in July 2015. 

According to 2016 data from "Transparency International," the three countries with the highest perception of corruption are Somalia, South Sudan and North Korea. Denmark, on the other hand, is the country seen with the least amount. 

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