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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.

Vatican issues stanch defense for Pope Francis for his role in Argentina's Dirty War

2013-03-15

FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson
"These accusations are unfounded and have no reason, in any way, to cast a shadow on the figure of the new Pope.”

The Vatican also said the two kidnapped priests had later met with Bergoglio as the archbishop of Buenos Aires to celebrate a Mass together in harmony and agreement.

During the press conference, a Vatican spokesperson also confirmed that Pope Francis called the papal Nuncio soon after to his election to relay a special message for the Argentine people.

FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson
"Let the bishops and faithful know that is is not necessary for them to come to Rome. Instead of spending so much on a trip, they should make a donation to the poor.”

The Pope will now prepare for a series of official events in the coming days. They informally notified all heads of state and religious leaders about Tuesday's Inauguration Mass, and said all would be welcome to attend. But they reaffirmed that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI would not be attending.

On Friday, he received a message from the chief rabbi in Rome, as well as other well wishers and heads of states who have congratulated him on his election.


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