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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.
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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.
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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Benedict XVI Participates In The World Day Of Sick

2009-04-02

After the Mass, Benedict XVI blessed the sick and invited everyone to reflect on the experience of illness, pain and the meaning of life – highlighting that it must be lived to the fullest, even in suffering.
 
This year’s event was dedicated to sick children. The Pope prayed in particular for the "weak and defenceless" and acknowledged how difficult it is to understand suffering from a merely human point of view.


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"If we remain speechless before the suffering of adults, what can we say when sickness strikes a young and innocent child? How can we, even in such difficult situations, see the merciful love of God, Who never abandons His children at their time of trial?"

Benedict XVI advised all to address the question of suffering through faith and the Bible, in order to be able to understand it and give it meaning and value.


BENEDICT XVI
Faith helps us to recognize that life is beautiful and worth living fully even when weakened by sickness. God created man for happiness and life.

The Pope concluded by saying that life is not a disposable product but a precious treasure to keep and safeguard from its beginning until its natural end.

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