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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.

Pope prays for victims of Spain's deadly train crash


After hearing about Spains deadly train accident, Pope Francis said he was deeply moved and was praying for all the victims and their relatives. More than 70 people lost their lives, near the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Its estimated that at least 140 passengers were injured. 

The Feast Day of St. James,  is celebrated on July 25 and the area is a popular pilgrimage site.  In light of the tragedy, all the city's public festivities have been canceled.

To lend support, a Twitter hashtag named, PrayforSantiago was launched to show solidarity and to pray for the victims.

Preliminary reports state, that speeding may have caused the accident. The driver who was slightly injured, was said to be traveling double the speed limit.

During a World Youth Day press conference in Brazil, the Vatican's spokesperson, Father Lombardi called for a moment of silence to pray for the victims. The Archbishop of the Spanish city, Julian Barrio also offered his condolences and support.

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