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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 expresses sorrow over execution of 30 Christians by the Islamic State

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The Pope has sent his condolences to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abuna Matthias, over the murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State terrorists.

On Sunday, the terrorist organization released a video depicting the execution of 30 men. Half were beheaded and half were shot.

In his message, Pope Francis expresses sorrow and dismay at the latest murder of Christians.

The Pope ensured his "closeness in prayer at the continuing martyrdom being so cruelly inflicted on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and some parts of Asia.

The message also says that there is no difference between Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant victims because their "blood is one and the same in their confession of Christ.”

Additionally, he said that people who are responsible for the safety of these areas must hear their pleas for help.

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