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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.

The Brilliance: an eclectic band from the U.S. hopes to break down barriers through music

2016-07-08

"The Brilliance” is an American worship band led by David Gungor and John Arndt, which includes a variety of musicians such as cellists, violinist, pianist and drummers.

The modern worship band crafts poetic music that gives listeners the opportunity to fully embrace the beauty that lies in every lyric and sound. The Brilliance creates music that crosses genres, ranging from classical to synth sounds and have been compared to groups like Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. Their wide range of musical tones are possible due to their variety of instruments, creating a sensational orchestral sound.

DAVID GUNGOR
The Brilliance
"That's the thing about art, that we hope within our own music. It lets people be curious and dive into questions of why and how we view the world and how we view people and not writing people off, but how we show love to them.”

The Brilliance draws inspiration from prayers, reflections, the Bible, as well as current events. The diverse range of symphonic sound and poetic lyrics paint a beautiful picture of their personal-led inspirations. 

Their latest studio album "Brother” hopes to inspire and stir the hearts of many people. They hope to share their artful music, so that all people can appreciate the beauty of Christianity. The album is based on their lyrics, "When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother," hoping to inspire love and reconciliation.

DAVID GUNGOR
The Brilliance
"You hear a song like Brother, I feel like I can show my brother-in-law, who's a Buddhist, and I can show him brother and he totally gets it. It says, "when I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother,” and there's a truth in that, that goes beyond just the barriers or walls within my own tradition, which would be Christianity.”

Their music breaks down the barriers of culture, ethnicity and even religion. It allows the band to share their faith in a reflective and artistic way so that believers and non-believers can dive deeper into the resulting curiosity. The mixing of musical genres and powerful lyrics challenges the listener to be aware and interested in the deeper message hidden amongst the chords.


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