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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 explains the keys of his reform during Christmas address to the Curia


Every year, in his Christmas address to the Curia, Pope Francis takes the opportunity to give a few guidelines on the work attitude that he wants the pope's collaborators to have. This time, he was very clear: he doesn't want a change of staff, he wants a change of culture. 

"We can't accomplish the reform of the curia by replacing the staff, which is something that has always happened, but with every person's personal transformation. Without a change of mentality, material effort is useless.”

The pope also spoke about three ways of opposing the reform: an "open” way, with good will and dialogue; in a "hidden” way, which means saying that you accept the changes but you don't apply them; and third, with malice. 

"This last kind of resistance uses many words of justification, and in many cases, words of accusation. It hides in tradition, in appearances, in formality, in what we already know, or in taking things in a personal way, with no distinction of act, actor, and action.”

The pope has spoken about twelve criteria with which he is tackling the reform. They go from "personal conversion,” to "rationality,” to "professionalism” and "gradualness.”

After that, he detailed all the structural reforms that he has launched, from the creation of the Council of cardinals, to the renewal of Holy See communications.

At the end, he greeted all of the attendees one by one and he gave them a book about curing the diseases of the soul.

Cardinal Ivan Dias thanked him for the book in this way. 

Everyone had his eyes set on Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has threatened the pope with a "formal correction,” if he doesn't explain some concepts of his Apostolic Letter "Amoris Laetitia.”

- BN