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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.

Year in Review-April: G20 Summit 2009

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The pope asked that the meeting take into account the issue of poverty in world that has worsened with the economic crisis. He alluded directly to the situation in Africa where he had visited just days earlier.

On the feast of the Resurrection, the pope asked Catholics not to forget the tragedies that plague Africa and other places in the world.

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“With Easter, Christ has removed the root of evil, but he needs  the aid of men and women to help him assure, always and everywhere, the  victory with his own weapons: the weapons of justice and truth, mercy, forgiveness and love.”

The month of April also saw the celebration of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, young Spaniards received the World Youth Day Cross from young Australians. Since then, the cross has travelled through Spain in preparation for Madrid 2011.


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“This handover assumes a highly symbolic value which we use to express our eternal gratitude to God for the gifts we received during our great meeting in Sydney and for those gifts we will pass on in Madrid.”


In the middle of Holy Week, Italy woke up to a deadly earthquake that left 271 people dead. The pope promised to travel to the affected area as soon as possible and sent his personal secretary to greet the families of the victims and to participate in a mass funeral.

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