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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.

Professors send letter to Pope Francis asking for bold ways to support married couples

2014-10-02

A group of intellectuals and professors, both Catholic and different Christian faiths, from all around the world sent a letter to Pope Francis thanking him for the upcoming Synod on the Family. They believe that the Synod "is an opportunity to express timeless truths about marriage.” Among those who signed the letter are Italian bishop Renzo Bonetti, Spanish professor Rafael Navarro-Valls and North American Thomas Farr, who teaches at Georgetown University.

The document also analyzes some of the challenges families face today. "Unmarried cohabition” and the so-called "no fault divorce” are among the most urgent problems it highlights, especially in the United States. Also, the lack of support for enduring marriages and what they define as the "costs of pornography.”

Along with this picture of the troubles families have today, the document gives some hints on how to solve them. It encourages the General Assembly of Bishops to look for bold ways of evangelizing married couples. Some of them include building "small communities of married couples who support each other unconditionally,” teaching priests to "showcase in their homilies the spiritual and social value of marriage” and resisting "any changes to laws that would further weaken” marriage as "conjugal union of one man and one woman.


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