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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.
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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.

Christmas tree and nativity scene light up in the Vatican

2016-12-09

At 4.30 p.m. today, in a cold winter evening in the Vatican, the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square lit up.

They will remain that way until January 8, 2017. The tree is an 80-feet tall fir that was brought from the Trentino region in the north of Italy. 

The nativity scene, on the other hand, is a gift from the Archdiocese and Government of Malta. It was designed by local artist Manwel Grech. 

The nativity scene includes a traditional Maltese boat, the "luzzu,” which not only represents Maltese tradition, according to the artists, but also the plight of the refugees that have to cross the Mediterranean fleeing from war and poverty.