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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.

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.

Vatican archives from the Argentinian dictatorship made public for victims and relatives


With this statement, the Vatican announced that they are opening their archives, and those of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, for the period of the military dictatorship, between 1976 and 1983, but only for victims and their relatives.

The process of digitization is complete, so they will be able to access them remotely.

Director, Holy See Press Office
"No, this is not a total opening of the archives, obviously, the most important thing are the victims themselves, those directly involved. They're able to consult, either people who were victims themselves or the direct family members who were 'desaparecidos' or also those detained.”

The Argentine Episcopal Conference started this process, sponsored by Pope Francis, several years ago. 

After Pope Francis took office, many people in Argentina asked him to push for the opening of the archives, since they could contain valuable information regarding many disappearances that took place during the Videla dictatorship in Argentina.