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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.

Christian NGO: Violence against Christians won't decrease in 2015

2015-01-11

North Korea, Somalia and Iraq are the three countries where Christians are persecuted the most, according to "Open Doors.” This Christian NGO recently published its World Watch List of Christian persecution. It added that violence against Christians isn't likely to stop nor decrease on 2015.

"Open Doors” estimated that 4,344 Christians were killed in 2014, a figure that had doubled in a year. Pope Francis often denounces violence against Christians.

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March 4, 2014
"I tell you: today there are more martyrs than in the times of the Early Christians.”

An estimated 40% of the nearly 2 million Syrian Christians have left their country. Around 140,000  Christians who lived in Nineveh, Iraq, also had to flee to Kurdistan.

Although persecution is severe in countries like China and India, the NGO noted that violence against Christians is growing more in Sub-Saharan Africa due to terrorist groups like Boko Haram.


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