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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.

New director of the Vatican Museums: I’ve never felt discriminated


July 28, 2013
"Women, in the Church, are more important than bishops and priests; how, this is something we have to try to explain better.”

Three years after speaking these words, Pope Francis created a committee to study the role of deaconesses in the primitive Church and, at the same time, is progressively entrusting leadership roles to women in the Vatican.

Mary Melone is the first woman to head a pontifical university. Paloma García Ovejero is the first woman deputy spokesperson in the Vatican. Now, Barbara Jatta will be the first woman to manage the Vatican Museums, one of the most important in the world.

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"I am married to a pediatrician, and I have three children. I have never felt discriminated in my experience working for the Vatican, I want to underline this. I consider myself a professional, and I will bring my personality to the table, more as Barbara Jatta than as a woman. Although, of course, Barbara Jatta is a woman and she has her sensibility, her way of being.”

The new director will spearhead one of the titans of culture and art, which is visited by six million people a year. 

Her responsibilities will include the loan, custody, restoration, illumination, and conservation of the museum’s treasures. 

One of her immediate tasks will be to keep track of the team of experts sent by the Vatican Museums to the quake-stricken area of Italy to save their heritage.