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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.

Bishops negligent in sexual abuse cases will be dismissed

2016-06-06

The Pope continues to put his foot down with his zero tolerance policy against the sexual abuse of children or vulnerable adults committed by priests.

Through the Apostolic Letter issued motu proprio, "Like a Loving Mother," Pope Francis has established new rules to depose of bishops and religious superiors who act negligently in cases of sexual abuse.

There will be a "grave cause" for removal of a bishop if, for example, he has been negligent or has acted indifferently in these cases.

This is not a new law, but the Pope is setting aside time to reinforce the existing law on removing bishops for serious reasons, "because it is not a matter of crimes of abuse but of negligence of office.”

Four congregations will be responsible for investigations when there is a case: The Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The Pope will have the final word and act as the deciding factor in a bishops resignation. As a novelty, there will be a "college of experts,” which will be composed of bishops and cardinals who will specifically advise these cases of negligence in cases of sexual abuse.

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