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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 Francis meets with Jonathan Goodluck, president of Nigeria

2014-03-24

Pope Francis welcomed Jonathan Goodluck, the president of Nigeria. The meeting was short, just 11 minutes, but warm. Goodluck thank the Pope for the Church's contributions to the country, especially in health care and education.

The two leaders also talked about religious freedom, and they condemned all forms of violence. The two also spoke about their desire for a return to peaceful coexistence in the country.

For over two years, Nigeria has been under constant attack from Boko Haram, a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda. They seek to impose Shar'ia Law in the northern half of the African country. Their attacks have claimed the lives of thousands of Christians and Muslims alike.

As a gift, the Nigerian president gave the Pope an embroidered cloth, meanwhile Pope Francis gave him a bronze medallion.


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