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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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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.

Celestial body named after Oscar Romero

2015-10-04

Earlier this year, when the Vatican announced that Msgr. Oscar Romero would be beatified, some of his associates came to Rome and delivered testimony about the Salvadoran bishop's life.

MSGR. JESUS DELGADO ACEVEDO
Former Secretary of Msgr. Romero
"He was a friend, a good Christian and loyal person. He was also very humble.”

The humble Romero has now received another unique distinction: a small planet has been named after him. (Although it may actually be an asteroid, because it's exact the classification hasn't been determined.)

The Vatican Observatory was not involved in the naming, and only found out about it through media reports. It's unclear who changed the name.

The celestial body was previously known as "13703” after it was discovered in 1998 by a Belgian astronomer in Chile. The name change was announced just last month. NASA confirmed it was named for the Salvadoran martyr. 

Fortunately, there is no risk of the Romero asteroid striking planet Earth: It's located more than 300 million miles away.

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