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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's Agenda: the Jubilee Year of Mercy ends


The Jubilee of the Homeless marked the last great event during the Year of Mercy, whose closure will take place in a matter of days.

During this week the pope will continue to preach from the Casa Santa Marta chapel in his daily Masses and also from St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, at the General Audience.

Saturday, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee, will be an important day: the pope will create 19 new cardinals, 13 of them eligible to vote in an eventual conclave. They come from 11 countries, seven of which were not represented in the College of Cardinals.

Sunday, on the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis will definitively close the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica and end the Jubilee of Mercy during Mass. It will be the first Mass with the new cardinals.