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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.

Pope meets with ambassadors on religious freedom

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“To the authorities of that country and to the Muslim religious leaders I renew my heartfelt appeal that their Christian fellow-citizens be able to live in security, continuing to contribute to the society in which they are fully members.”

Benedict XVI asked Chinese authorities to ensure full autonomy for the Church and noted that Catholics in China “live in a time of difficulty and trial.”

The Pope said that religious freedom is not only freedom of worship, but it also guarantees religious communities the freedom to operate in the open. Benedict XVI also addressed his concern over the control of education that takes place in some Latin American countries.

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“I exhort all governments to promote educational systems respectful of the primordial right of families to make decisions about the education of their children, systems inspired by the principle of subsidiarity which is basic to the organization of a just society.”

The Pope used Mother Theresa of Calcutta as an example. During the 100th year since her birth, civil and religious authorities joined together to honor her throughout the world.

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“People like her show the world the extent to which the commitment born of faith is beneficial to society as a whole.”  

After the close of the event, Benedict XVI urged for a real and effective compromise, in order to ensure respect and religious freedom.

The Vatican maintains diplomatic relations with 178 countries, and even has ambassadors to the European Union, the Order of Malta and a special mission to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Only the United States has diplomatic relations with more countries in the world.

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