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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.

What is a Jubilee, and how long have they been celebrated?

2015-03-13

Jewish tradition inspired the Catholic Church to start celebrating the jubilee. Jewish people celebrate a holy year every half century. The Catholic tradition was started in the year 1300 by Pope Boniface VIII.

A Holy Year is a general forgiveness, open to all. It is a special proposal to approach God and others. There are ordinary jubilees and extraordinary jubilees.

Since 1475, the ordinary jubilee is celebrated once every 25 years. The Pope convenes extraordinary ones on special occasions.

Until now, there have been 24 ordinary jubilees and four extraordinary. The Jubilee of Mercy, convened by Pope Francis, will be the fifth. The last extraordinary was imposed by John Paul II in 1983. John Paul II also imposed the last ordinary one, the Jubilee of the Year 2000.

The first rite is the opening of the Holy Door. It is only opened during a jubilee year. It symbolizes the extraordinary way that Catholics can open themselves up to their faith.


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