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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 Francis grants “conditional freedom” to priest convicted for Vatileaks II


Vallejo Balda, the priest who was sentenced to 18 months of prison has been released. Ahead of Christmas, the pope has granted him "conditional freedom.” 

This does not mean that he receives amnesty or pardon, just that he will serve his time from his home. 

The priest not only will leave the prison in the Vatican, he will also end any kind of professional relationship with the Vatican, and he will return to his original diocese of Astorga (Spain). 

On November 1, 2015, Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda was arrested for disseminating Holy See confidential documents, including a recording of a pope's private meeting. His immediate collaborator, Italian Francesca Chaouqui, was also arrested. 

After a few months of court proceedings, the priest was sentenced to 18 months of prison on July 2016. His collaborator was sentenced to 10 months, but her sentence was finally suspended. The other accused, including two other journalists, were absolved. 

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