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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

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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.

Saturday marks the Church's World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

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Saturday, May 24th, is the feast day of Mary, Help of Christians. She's also the namesake for the Marian shrine at Sheshan, Shanghai.

It's the only basilica in China. The Communist government confiscated the shrine in the 1950's. In 1981, it handed over control to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishops' body officially recognized by the government, and independent from Rome.

In 2007, Benedict XVI established this day as the World Day for Prayer for the Church in China. In a letter to the country's bishops, he urged them to renovate their communion of faith in Jesus, and their obedience to the Pope. He also asked that the unity among them be stronger and more visible than ever.

On Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers for this day. 

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"I ask all Catholics to pray so that, under the protection of Mary, Help of Christians, Catholics in China continue believing, hoping and loving, and so that they may always be the leaven of peaceful coexistence between their fellow countrymen.”

Despite the hardships and challenges, an estimated 67 million Christians live in China, but the number is on the rise.


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