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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 weekly schedule: Visit to Spanish Steps


For most people, Christmas is the season for rest and to get some time off work, but not in the Vatican. We are well into Advent; Christmas is getting closer, so the pope and Vatican officials are busy preparing one of the most intense periods in the Catholic calendar.

As usual, the pope will celebrate Mass every day of the week at Casa Santa Marta. On Wednesday, he will celebrate a General Audience in Paul VI Audience Hall with thousands of pilgrims from around the world.

Thursday, December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. That day, the pope will lead the Angelus prayer and address the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square from the window of his office in the Apostolic Palace. 

That afternoon, he will go to Rome's Spanish Steps, where he will venerate and pray in front of the statue of the Immaculate Conception. This tradition was instituted in the 1950's by Pope Pius XII.

On Friday evening, the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will be lit up, completing the Christmas atmosphere in the Vatican. Finally, the pope will wrap up his week with the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square on Sunday.