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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 to businessmen: Money must serve, not rule


Pope Francis has told these 500 entrepreneurs from around the world that "riches are good when they are at the service of others,” and that money must serve and not govern.”

"All human activities, including business, can be an exercise in mercy which means participation in the love of God for humanity”.

The pope gave a very no-nonsense speech about the responsibilitites and the challenges of the businessman.

"I want to reflect with you about three risks involved in business activity: in relation to using money well, honesty, and fraternity.

The pope suggested that "credit should be available to family businesses, small enterprises, peasant farmers, activities that improve the community, and so on”. 

The pope ask them to assume the risk of being honest because "corruption is the worst social scourge”.

He also asked them that the relationship between employer and employee not be limited to justice, because "a business is a community of work, in which all merit respect and fraternal appreciation from their superiors, colleagues, and subordinates”.

The pope told the businessmen that they can also be saints, and he talked about the example of the Enrique Shaw, whose cause for beatification was suggested by Bergoglio.

- BN
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