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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

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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.

Irish youth thank pope for letter on sexual abuse

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For this reason, during the general audience she surprised him with some unique gifts.

Natasha Doherty
"Two of the gifts that we gave the pope were a harp and a drum. They are both traditional Irish symbols. And basically the idea was musical instruments are really about echo sound and  music. And the idea was for us to be able to give a symbol that would be able to echo the pope’s message basically of what he was trying to say to us back at home in Ireland and also to the rest of the world because the church in Ireland is suffering a lot. So we really need to stand behind the pope and just get the message across, that we’re still here and we’re doing our best and we still love the pope and Church."

Natasha also asked the pope to bless 500 rosaries. When she returns to Ireland, she plans to give them to friends and hopes to move them, so they will pray for the pope and his intentions, a strong way to show her support of the Catholic Church of Ireland.

Natasha Doherty
"So I think it was nice to show him that 500 rosaries is a lot. If 500 people are saying the rosary there’s going to be a lot of graces given so that was basically our way of showing him and the Church."

Natasha is one of 4,000 participants in the UNIV congress, which has united youths from all over the world in Rome.

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