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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.

Searching for historical details on the life of Mary of Nazareth

2012-11-18

Experts agree, that details on the life of Mary are very limited. So learning more about her,  can be quite challenging. She's mentioned in the Bible in key moments of Jesus' life, beginning with His birth. Hesemann believes the star that led Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is not simply symbolic. He believes it's based on facts that can be traced back. 

MICHAEL HESEMANN
Historian, Journalist (Germany)
"In March 5 B.C supernova appeared in the constellation of the Eagle, according to Chinese and Korean Astronomical books.”

But even before Bethlehem, the Bible describes the Annunciation, where Angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that through the power of the Holy Spirit, she will bear the Son of God.  Hasemann says that can also be based on historical Judaism, since back then, wives could choose to not be intimate with their husbands. 

MICHAEL HESEMANN
Historian, Journalist (Germany)
"The option that a woman, even a married woman keeps her oath of celibacy if her husband does not officially disagree. So, if the husband stays silent and accepts it. She can remain celibate even in marriage.”

So Hesemann says that even though some argue the Bible is based on pious inventions to fulfill the Prophecies, history and culture show otherwise. 


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