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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.

Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica unveiled

2015-11-18

It wasn't a typical ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica, as workers chipped away the concrete that has covered the Holy Door since the Holy Year of 2000.

Following a short ceremony with prayer, the workers started on carefully dismantling the wall. They pulled bricks out and eventually removed a box that contains mementos from the last Jubilee Year.

The zinc box contained documents certifying the closing of the Holy Door, a parchment deed, some bricks, and a few commemorative medals from 2000.

But perhaps the most important items were the keys to open the Holy Door. Pope Francis will use them on December 8th during a ceremony that officially starts the Jubilee of Mercy.


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