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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.

Maria Voce, re-elected president of the Focolare Movement

2014-09-12

The Focolare Movement has voted in favor of continuity. The first big decision of the 500 delegates of the movement, who are celebrating their General Assembly in Rome, was to re-elect Maria Voce as president. It is a decision that was also officially approved by the Vatican. 

Maria Voce is 77 years old. She is from Calabria, in Italy and in 2008, was elected as the first successor of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Movement. Now, she will lead the Focolare Movement for another 6 years. 

The Focolare Movement is an institution with the most lay people in the Catholic Church. It boasts some 2 million members, among them non-Catholics and even non-religious. Through its initiatives and institutions, they promote unity and fellowship among people, enlightened by the message of Jesus. 

During their General Assembly, which concludes on September 28th, they will define their priorities for the coming years. And before returning home, they will meet with Pope Francis on the 26th.



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