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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.

The importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Pope Francis


December 12 marks one of the biggest feast days to the Virgin Mary in the Latin American Catholic Church: Our Lady of Guadalupe.
As such, Argentine Pope Francis not only has a special devotion to Our Lady, but especially to this portrayal of Mary, who appeared before Juan Diego on a hill near Mexico City in 1531.
Dec. 11, 2013

"When the image of the Virgin appeared on Juan Diego's tilma, it was the prophecy of an embrace: Mary’s embrace of all the peoples of the vast expanses of America – the peoples who already lived there, and those who were yet to come.”

It is no surprise then that on this feast day, for the third consecutive year, Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Monday.
When he visited Mexico earlier in 2016, the pope wanted his first Mass to be held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He brought the patron saint of the Americas a gift, a gold-plated crown that read in Latin "Mater mea-Spes mea," meaning "My mother and my hope."
There, the pope insisted that Mary feels as though she is "honored” to be the mother of everyone, especially those who suffer or feel as though "they weep in vain.”
Feb. 14, 2016

"Just as she made herself present to little Juan, so too she continues to reveal herself to all of us, especially to those who feel, like him, 'worthless.”

The pope told the people to be comforted with the idea that Mary is a mother, and as such, she loves her children and asks them to be her ambassadors, especially through prayer.
Pope Francis set an example in Mexico by praying before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe for about 25 minutes. On the plane coming back to Rome, he revealed to journalists what he prayed for.
Feb. 18, 2016

"I have asked for the world, for peace ... Many things. She is probably tired of all of my prayers. I have asked for forgiveness. I have asked the Church to grow healthy and for the Mexican people. Another thing I have asked is that priests are true priests, nuns true nuns, bishops true bishops, as the Lord wishes. I have asked a lot. But things that a son tells his mother are secret, right?”

As such, the pope will most likely bring his petitions to Mary again at the December 12 Mass to ask for the Virgin's intercession, that of Our Lady of Guadalupe.