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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.

Card. Parolin ordains 36 new Legionary priests in Rome


The Basilica of St. John Lateran was full with more than 3,000 family and friends gathered for the ordination of 36 Legionary brothers, who are now forever priests in the Catholic Church.

The ordination was celebrated by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who specifically prayed for the Legionaries of Christ to have a "pathway of renewal and evangelical authenticity” with both "courage and generosity.”
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"To breathe an atmosphere of fervor, of joy, and of great solemnity as well, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which was so full it could burst. It truly it was a very joyful atmosphere for this gift of priesthood for the Church.”

While Br. Patricio attended and supported his fellow brothers, he still has some time before he is ordained a priest. However, one priest who was just ordained described the intense experience as one of total availability, not doing anything but receiving the spiritual gifts given during this sacrament. He said he felt total peace and openness to Christ, especially at the time of prostration.
"The most intense moment was indeed the consecration prayer and the "Amen” at the end of it. Because you know that now, at this moment, and for all of eternity, you are a priest. It is an experience that is very difficult to explain in words, but is very powerful.”

One of the most moving moments was when the priests gave their parents communion for the very first time.
The Catholic congregation was founded in 1941 and is present in 21 countries. The new priests come from 11 countries, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Brazil as well as other countries in Europe and South America.