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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 Francis prays with 20,000 pilgrims for the victims of Portugal's deadly fire


At the end of the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed with 20,000 pilgrims for the victims of Portugal's devastating fire. 

He also recalled that Tuesday marks World Refugee Day, an event sponsored by the United Nations. 

"The personal meeting with refugees dispels fear and distorted ideologies, helps humanity grow, gives the ability to make room to feelings of openness and builds bridges.” 

On Tuesday, Pope Francis will go outside of Rome. He will travel to northern Italy to pray before the tombs of Primo Mazzolari and Lorenzo Milani: two priests known for their zeal, defense of Human Rights and promotion of education.