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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.

May 2016: Charlemagne Prize, George Clooney and the Lesbos lifejacket


The pope received one of the most prestigious awards in Europe, the Charlemagne Prize, at the Vatican. Before European political leaders, Pope Francis restated the message of John Paul II.
"A Europe capable of giving birth to a new humanism based on three capacities: the capacity to integrate, the capacity for dialogue and the capacity to generate.”

That same day, May 6, there was one of the most unique ceremonies that can be seen in the Vatican: the new recruits of the Swiss Guard taking the oath of loyalty.
May 13 was the 35th anniversary of the attack on John Paul II. It is a very special date that will never be erased from the memory of all those who lived through it, especially those who were close to John Paul II at that moment.

"We arrived at the operating room, I took off his clothes... because you cannot get in there dressed, so I had to undress him. In fact I covered him with a sheet, said goodbye to him and he thanked me. Since he did not lose consciousness in the ambulance, he prayed. He prayed the whole way."

Pope Francis kept his monthly meeting during the Holy Year, called the "Friday of Mercy." On this occasion, he visited the community for the disabled "Il Chicco," a center belonging to the Ark movement, founded by Jean Vanier.
During a meeting with 900 women superiors of religious orders, he agreed to appoint a commission to study the role of deaconesses in the early Church.
Pope Francis also continued his gestures of solidarity with refugees. During a meeting with children, he showed them the lifejacket of a child. It was from a 6-year-old Syrian girl, who drowned trying to reach Europe.
There were other emotional encounters, like this one with Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The old Argentine activist asked forgiveness for the harsh criticism that was directed against him in the past.
President, Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

"When Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he grew even more. Now, I have expressed my apologies to him because I was wrong."

The culmination of this month of May was the World Congress of the Scholas Occurrentes Pontifical Foundation. For the event, Hollywood stars like George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, plus athletes and famous YouTubers all traveled to the Vatican  The pope ended the Congress by promoting and enhancing education, as well as the dialogue and social commitment of young students from around the world.

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