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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.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher: the chosen site for the Pope's ecumenical gathering

2014-05-22

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is the chosen location for the ecumenical meeting on Sunday between Pope Francis and Bartholomew.

The basilica sits atop the historical sites of the Crucifixion, and Christ's tomb. The building's architecture is very complex, influenced greatly by the Crusaders, which conquered Jerusalem in 1099.

Nowadays, the property is divided among several Christian groups, including Syriac, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian and Greek Orthodox, as well as Roman Catholics. Each community avidly watches over their space.

For all Christians, the site is loaded with meaning, especially as the site of the Resurrection of Christ. The remains of his tomb are enclosed within a small structure under the main dome.

The building also contains the stone that covered the entrance to the burial, and the Stone of the Anointing. According to tradition, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus used the Stone to prepare Christ's body for burial.

The basilica was front and center during the visit of all three Pope's to the Holy Land. It'll also play a key role during Pope Francis' upcoming visit. 


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