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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.

A look at the Pope's most popular tweets, so far

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Every one or two days, Pope Francis tweets a short message on his @Pontifex account. He conveys not only his message, but his closeness and humility. Above all, he provides advice and asks for prayers from his 14 million followers.

The Pope's most popular tweet is from Easter 2014, and only four words long. It was retweeted 39,400 times, and favorited 36,000 times.

The popularity Pope Francis enjoys developed the day of his election. So it's no surprise that second on the list, is his first ever tweet, with just under 36,000 retweets. He thanked everyone for their support and asked for prayers.

A few days later, he took his message about a poor Church for the poor, online. In speaking about the "true power” of service, he said that the Church's role in helping "the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.” It had 24,700 retweets.

Pope Francis constantly uses his Twitter profile to denounce themes related to the "throw-away culture,” or the "globalization of indifference.” His message asking for prayers for typhoon victims in the Philippines was retweeted by 34,000 followers. 

The Pope also has a special place for young people, and often issues tweets directed to them. He asks them to trust in God, or to trust in their God-given talents, in pushing forward in life. They respond with thousands of retweets.

Lastly, among his top tweets, users will also find many references to sports, including this past World Cup, or to the responsibilities facing world leaders. And of course, his signature request, "Please pray for me,” is along among the most popular.


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