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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.

Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens

2015-01-29

Pope Francis is a great devotee of St. Therese of Lisieux. Her parents, Louis and Zelie were beatified back in 2008. Now, the saint's sister, Leonia is also being considered for sainthood. The priest leading her cause for canonization, talked about her life, in a video conference chat. 

FR. ANTONIO SANGALLI
Postulator of the cause of Leonie Martin 
"She was the third of nine children and probably the less talented among them. She was always put down and described as the one who didn't know how to do anything. If was hard for her to compete to her sister's accomplishments.”

But she was actually the first one in her family who decided to embrace a religious vocation. But she wasn't able to reach her goal. She was clumsy and short tempered and her strength wasn't always a constant. She had to leave the monastery twice. Her sister Therese, helped her out, when her self esteem was low. 

FR. ANTONIO SANGALLI
Postulator of the cause of Leonie Martin 
"Her vocation is the result of her being close to her sister Therese. She helped her sister to embrace her vocation as a sister in the Order.” 

When Therese of Lisieux died and her book, 'A Story of a Soul' was published, her sister decided to try out her vocation again. For the third time, she went to the Monastery. 

FR. ANTONIO SANGALLI
Postulator of the cause of Leonie Martin 
"She took her sister's words very seriously, especially the phrase about the little path. She put this into practice with incredible loyalty.” 

Even as a teenager Leonie,  recognized her shortfalls and limitations. This humility, led to a door of kindness. Now, if her beatification process moves along, she could become the fourth person in her family to be raised to the altars. 


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