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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.

Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes turns 80, bringing number of cardinal electors to 114

2014-09-05

German Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes turned 80 years old today, reducing the number of cardinal electors to 114.

The cardinal is the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum” 

He was created a cardinal by Benedict XVI on November 24, 2007 and participated in the Conclave that elected Pope Francis.

The Pope recently named Cardinal Cordes as his special envoy for the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Willibaldinum Seminary in Eichstätt, Germany this October. 

Cardinal Cordes will now pass to the group of cardinals non electors, who are 96 for a total of 210 in the College of Cardinals. 


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