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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 Francis in deep prayer before the tomb of Pope Paul VI

2015-11-03

November 2nd is the day that the Church dedicates to the deceased. It's also the day when the Pope visits the Vatican Grottoes. Many popes are interred there, such as John XXIII and Paul VI. Before the tomb of the latter Pope, Pope Francis made a notable stop to pray for a few moments.

Pope Paul VI has had one of the biggest influences on Pope Francis, thanks to documents like Evangelii Nuntiandi. He signed that apostolic exhortation about evangelization in December of 1975.

The Pope's visit to the tomb was simple and private. A few people attended the prayer he delivered for the dead.

The Vatican Grottoes are located between the Renaissance basilica and above Emperor Constantine’s 4th century basilica. 


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