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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.

Vatican redesigns formation program for future priests


This 91-page guide contains the new keys to selecting and training future priests in seminaries, after 46 years of using the previous requirements.

According to the person in charge of the text, Card. Beniamino Stella the document has two important ideas:

  • That attaining objectives is not tied to "the time spent in the seminary or to the studies completed,” but rather to an "overall integral maturity,” that he has received the characteristics that pertain to priestly identity and has a "Christian and priestly maturity.” 

  • Among other things, bishops and seminary rectors must ensure that the candidates meet both human and emotional conditions for exercising the priestly life: from living out the call to celibacy, to being willing to generously spend for the sake of others.

In this way the Vatican confirms that bishops should not ordain seminarians to priests who have "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies."

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