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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.

The Bad and ugly of 2014

2014-12-28

2014 was a year full of ups and downs. And that same rule applies to the Vatican. Here's a quick list of some of the stories that triggered controversy, or that simply broke people's hearts. 

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
First and foremost, it's persecuted Christians in the Middle East. With the rise of ISIS, hundreds of thousands of Christians were forced to leave their homes, or be killed. Pope Francis often expressed his closeness, calling these Christians an inspiration for the rest of the Christian community. 

POPE FRANCIS 
"You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It's proud to have sons and daughters like you.”


NUNCIO TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
One of the most shocking stories of 2014, was the case of Jozef Wesolowski. A Vatican nuncio or ambassador in the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing minors. The Vatican launched an investigation in 2013. The former Polish Archbishop, was laicized and is still awaiting trial. In September 2014, he was detained inside Vatican walls, where he remains under house arrest. 

EBOLA
Health alarms sounded in all corners of the world, when the Ebola outbreak became an international concern. The highly contagious disease claimed the lives  thousands of people in Liberia. A few missionaries and health care workers in the U.S and in Europe were also infected. Even though the threat seems to have tamed down on an international scale, the disease is still very much alive in many West African nations. The Pope repeatedly made a call to the international community, to respond appropriately to the crisis. 

HEALTH CONCERNS 
The Pope's health made headlines, when it was reported that he repeatedly canceled several of his appointments. Most notably he canceled a visit to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, the very day he was scheduled to appear. The Pope didn't make a big deal out of it. He acknowledged that he hadn't been feeling well and jokingly told the press, that he would keep up his workaholic pace, because as he put, he only had a few years left. 

POPE FRANCIS
"One of these neuroses is that I am a bit too attached to my habitat.  (…) I do always take a vacation – really – but in my habitat; I change pace.  I sleep more; I read the things I want; I listen to music; I spend more time praying…  And this makes me relax.”
 
The last time the Pope took a vacation was in 1975 in Argentina. 


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