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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 meets with a religious delegation from Iran


A few minutes before the General Audience, Pope Francis met with an Iranian religious delegation from the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization.

They are participants in a conference organized by the Vatican on extremism and violence performed in the name of faith.

"The visit from the president of Iran made me very happy. It also gave me a very good impression of your culture when I received a visit from the vice-president with a group of teachers."

The meeting with the vice-president was on February 12, 2015, while the meeting with the president took place on January 26 of this year.

Pope Francis greeted participants one by one, including the current ambassador and the former ambassador to the Holy See. 

"I was an ambassador here. For years I worked with him (Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran)."
"You feel at home."
"I think so. Thank you. It really is an honor."

In recent years, the Vatican has been intensifying dialogue with the Muslim world, both with Sunnis and Shiites.

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