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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.

Pope Francis appeals to people's consciences once again to help refugees


During his trip to Lesbos, Pope Francis said that the refugee crisis is the single "greatest humanitarian disaster since World War II”. In his video for November, the pope asks the world once  again not to turn its back towards this tragedy.

He asks for support for the countries that take in refugees, an issue that is subject of much debate in Europe where, in 2015 alone, more than one million refugees arrived.

Pope Francis keeps appealing to people's consciences, especially Catholics. He asks them for real initiatives and also prayer, but this isn't news: he has done it all throughout his pontificate; with his trip to Lampedusa and Lesbos, and also with small but meaningful gestures towards refugees. Last Easter, he kneeled down to wash their feet.

According to UNHCR, more than 65 million people were forced to leave their homes in 2015, due to violence and persecution. That is 24 people per minute. Lebanon is the country that takes in the most refugees: 183 for every 1,000 people.