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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.

Pope Francis writes letter to Christians in the Middle East

2014-12-23

Pope Francis wrote this letter to the Christian communities in the Middle East. In the document the Pope says that their "presence is precious” for the region.

The Pope is aware that along with their Christmas carols "tears and sighs” will be heard this Christmas. That's why he encourages them to stay faithful to Jesus in these hard times.

He also explains that everyday he follows closely all the news on the region. He also refers to the IS, which he defines as a "disturbing terrorist organization.”

In the letter, the Pope goes on to ask the international community to help Christians and other suffering minorities in the region, wondering "how much longer must the Middle suffer from the lack of peace.” In his opinion, no one should get used to the idea of having conflicts as "if change was not possible.”

He also calls on religious leaders to condemn every kind of persecution and to promote inter-religious dialogue, "the best antidote,” he says, against fundamentalism.

As a conclusion, the Pope expresses once again his desire to visit soon Christians in the Middle East.



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