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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.

Thousands of Southeast Asian migrants stranded at sea

2015-05-25

These are the children caught in the middle of a major geopolitical crisis. They come from Bangladesh and Myanmar. 

They've lost everything. Now, all they have is their will to survive. They depend on UN refugee camps like these for food, water and medical care. 

For the last few weeks, they've come by boat to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Thousands though haven't made it. 

It's estimated that more than 7,000 are stranded at sea. At one point, some were actually turned back, literally while still on their boats. 

RUPERT COLVILLE 
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
"We're appalled at reports that Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have been pushing boats full of vulnerable migrants back out to sea, which will inevitably lead to many avoidable deaths.”

Even though some of these countries changed their policies after an international push back more still needs to be done. The Pope has called on the international community to help and to open its doors to those in need. 

POPE FRANCIS
"I continue to follow with great concern and sorrow in the heart of the story of the many refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. I express appreciation for the efforts made by those countries that have expressed willingness to welcome these people who are facing great suffering and danger.”

Those who have made it ashore are not sure about what their future holds.  Even those who were lucky enough to receive assistance, don't know where they will settle. 

The root cause of the crisis is debatable. While international reports claim that religious persecution against Rohingya Muslims is at fault, Myanmar says that human trafficking is to blame. 

As the unrest continues,  it's unlikely that the crisis will come to an end anytime soon.


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