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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.

April 2016: The month of Amoris Laetitia


The month of April was marked by the publication of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia." On April 8, this pastoral document was drawn up with conclusions from the two Synods on the family.

The expected document was presented at a massive press conference at the Vatican.

April 8, 2016
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"For me, this document holds authentic novelties but not a rupture.”
In the exhortation, the pope asks Catholics to promote the beauty of marriage and to help couples cope with the challenges of living together. It also promotes a sense of welcome for those who have suffered a divorce, asking to address these situations case-by-case "in a constructive way."
In order to do this, the pope asks that the concept of "discernment" is worked through, that is to address doubts in the company of a priest so that each person can become aware of their own situation before God.
The surprise during the month of April came during the pope's trip to a refugee camp in Greece, on the island of Lesbos.
April 16, 2016
"It is a sad journey. We are going to see the greatest humanitarian tragedy after World War II."

He visited the Moria refugee camp, which is a symbol of Europe's indifference to the suffering of thousands of refugees. He could witness the despair these people had, especially when this woman wept on her knees before him.

Although it may seem obvious, the pope had to remind the world that refugees are not numbers, they are people.
"The worries expressed by institutions and people, both in Greece and in other European countries, are understandable and legitimate. We must never forget, however, that migrants, rather than simply being a statistic. They are first of all persons who have faces, names and individual stories. Europe is the homeland of human rights, and whoever sets foot on European soil ought to sense this, and thus become more aware of the duty to respect and defend those rights."

After preaching with words, the pope led by example. It wasn't until they arrived at the same staircase to the plane as the pope, when the world discovered that he took three families with him to Rome.
Once in Italy, it was Pope Francis himself who welcomed these people to their new life.

"Thank you. I appreciate everything you've done for us."
"Thank you, pope..."

He was so shocked by the refugee situation that he apologized for how they are being treated.

April 19, 2016

"Too many times you have not been welcomed! Forgive the closure and indifference of our societies that fear the change in lifestyle and mentality that requires your presence. You are treated like a burden, a problem, a cost, but are, instead, a gift."

In April, the pope also made time for details like this: fulfilling the dream of the little Lizzy Myers, the 5-year-old girl will lose her sight and hearing from a degenerative illness. Before all this happened, she wanted to meet the pope. Her dream came true and Pope Francis did not hesitate to tenderly meet the little girl.