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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.

Is there a reason for Middle Eastern Christians to be optimistic?

2016-01-09

The United States and its allies have engaged in a bombing campaign against the Islamic State for more than a year. Their diplomatic and humanitarian aid efforts have gone on for longer.

But with Syrian Civil War remaining a stalemate, and the Islamic State still controlling vast territory, many Christians in the region are growing impatient.

FR. JACQUES MOURAD
Syrian-Catholic Priest
"Europe, the West, does not see its responsibility to the hordes people fleeing war, bombings, and massacres.”

FR. REBWAR BASA
Iraqi Priest
"If the house of my neighbor is ablaze, I cannot just watch and say that I'll pray for him. Prayer is important but I must do something to put out that fire. If not, the fire will come to my own house.”

The U.S. Department of State's Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom rejected the notion that the U.S. isn't doing enough in the fight against extremism. 

DAVID SAPERSTEIN
U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom
"So we think that we are using a broad range of diplomatic, and economic, and military tools to end ISIL's ability to control any territory in those countries and to make it possible for normality of life to be restored, which we know will be a very heavy lift. But we're doing everything possible to create the conditions to allow normal life to resume once ISIL has been defeated.”

What remains unclear is exactly how long the process will take, and what will happen to the people being persecuted today as the fight drags on.


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