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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's Agenda: Meeting with earthquake victims and children's baptism


With the arrival of the new year, the public agenda of Pope Francis is also reactivated.

On Wednesday, the pope will continue his series on hope at the General Audience. During these colder months, he is holding the catechesis inside the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican.

On Thursday, the pope has summoned people living in areas affected by the two major earthquakes that caused more than 300 deaths in Italy in August and November. It will be a meeting to tell them they are not alone and to promote the reconstruction of the area.

On Friday, the pope will celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the feast of the Epiphany. This is the day the Eastern Churches celebrate Christmas. As a result, it is estimated that the Magi could attend the Angelus with the pope in the square on Sunday.

Additionally, Pope Francis will end the week by baptizing the children of Vatican employees in the Sistine Chapel. At noon, he will pray the Angelus with pilgrims from the window of his private study.

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