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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: Unity does not lead to a “reverse ecumenism”


The pope firmly stressed that the unity of Christians is an essential requirement of faith and is one of his main concerns. He said this to the participants of the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Pope Francis said Christian unity does not encourage a "reverse ecumenism," meaning it is unnecessary to deny one's own "history of faith." That is why he stressed the importance of each of the ecumenical meetings he has held this year.

"Throughout this year I have had the opportunity to experience many meaningful ecumenical meetings, both here in Rome and on the road. Each of these meetings has been a source of consolation for me, because I could see that the desire for communion is alive and intense."

One of the most significant encounters was the historic meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow in February. The representatives of these two Churches had never before met.

In Georgia, the pope also met with the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, who is reserved about dialogue with the Vatican. The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury also paid him a cordial visit at the Holy See. 

Most recently, the pope visited Sweden to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 50-year re-establishment of dialogue with Catholics.