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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.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

How much does it take to make a giant flag for the Pope? Brazilian group took on the challenge

2013-08-09

It took over three months to make, and nearly 26,000 square feet of material. In all, a total of 72 parishes, 18 schools and 11 religious groups worked together to make this giant flag with the face of  Pope Francis. It was completed by hundreds of hands and thousands of well wishes. In fact,  three young Brazilians came up with the idea, to welcome the Pope to their country. 

GABRIEL
Flag creator
"We began to think about how we could impress the Pope. Since we work in the arts, we thought, 'Lets create a great work of art that the whole world can take part in, and after, let's take it to different places to actually build it.” 

After much work and effort, they arrived to Brazil's Copacabana Beach during WYD. One of the designers, talked about just how big the flag is. 

ALEXANDRE
Flag creator
"I coordinated the artistic side. The design was made in smaller pieces. 160 by 5 feet, which were sent to several parishes in Rio de Janeiro and surrounding communities.”

And if there's any doubt about the flag's size, the groups Facebook page shows this video of them rolling out the flag inside Brazil's Maracana Stadium. Now, the group is already looking towards the future, and the next goal is to send the huge flag to Pope Francis in Rome. 


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