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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.

The Pope's answer to criticism that he is a leftist

2015-09-23

(VIDEO ONLY) During the flight from Cuba to the United States, Pope Francis responded to criticism that he is a Communist or insufficiently Catholic.

The Pope answered by telling a story of a cardinal who told him that a "very Catholic” woman came to him and asked if it was true that the Bible spoke of an Antichrist and an anti-pope:

'But why ask me this question?' asked the cardinal. 'I'm sure that Pope Francis is the anti-pope.' 'Why do you say that?' 'Because he does not wear red shoes, which are historical.'

As for whether or not I'm a communist: I am sure that I have not said anything more than what the Church's social doctrine teaches.

I am following the Church. I do not believe I am mistaken about this. I believe I haven't said anything that wasn't in Church doctrine, in the social doctrine of the Church...maybe the impression of being a little more "of the left”has been given, but that would be a misinterpretation. My teaching about this, "Laudato Si,” economic imperialism, all of that, is the social doctrine of the Church. And if it is necessary for me to pray the Creed to prove it, I'm willing to do it...


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