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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.

Official website for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines launched

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Preparations are underway for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines, which takes place from January 15th-19th, 2015. This week, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines published the official website of the visit


The site features a countdown clock that counts down the days until the Pope's arrival. The official logo of the visit as well as its theme, "Mercy and Compassion” is also shown, alongside a picture of Francis. 

Further down, six children from areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan welcome the Pope with handwritten drawings. During his visit, Francis will visit the areas devastated by the tragic storm.

The website (http://papalvisit.ph/has also published the official song for the visit entitled "We Are All God's Children,” which includes a choreographed routine. 

The site also features the official prayer, which will be prayed in every Mass celebrated in the country from August 1st, 2014 until January 14th, 2015. It also highlights John Paul II's historic visit to the country in 1995. The World Youth Day in Manila, celebrated that same year, was the largest in its history, with 5 million people in attendance. 


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