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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.

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.

Benedict XVI Treated to a Concert, Invites Rome’s Poor


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"I send a special greeting to the group of poor people served by Caritas in the diocese, I wanted to invite them to share these moments of joy."

For the occasion, the Estonian director Neeme Jarvi led the orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The musical program included works by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the Austrian Joseph Haydn, and one of the most important contemporary composers of sacred music, Estonian Arvo Pärt.

The Pope listened to Part’s work "Cecilia, virgine romana", a musical on the martyrdom of the patron saint of music.

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"The most beautiful work of art, the masterpiece of human beings, is each of their acts of authentic love: from the smallest (in everyday sacrifice) unto the extreme sacrifice. At this point life itself becomes a hymn; an anticipation of the symphony we will sing together in heaven."

Benedict XVI is perhaps one of the most knowledgeable Popes of classical music. In his acceptance speeches after these concerts, he’s been the first pontiff whose teaching includes theological reflections on music.

He said that "music is the universal language of beauty" and even "music itself” can be a form of praying to God.