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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.

Rome trembles during General Audience with Pope


At this moment during the General Audience, the center of Italy shook again, although it appears that only a few people realized during the morning encounter with the pope.

"An earthquake? No".

"I did not felt anything. My son called me because I came here to meet him. He told me that they had closed the subway because there was an earthquake."

In less than an hour there were three earthquakes that occurred. The Vatican did not feel the tremors and in spite of the circumstances made light of the situation.

MAN: "No I didn't feel it." 
WOMAN: "And I was in heels too, you'd think I would have fallen over." 
MAN: "I will tell you our legs are a little shaky from meeting Pope Francis but not..."
TOGETHER: "...but not from the earthquake, no."

In the Italian capital schools and metro stations were evacuated. While there were no human injuries in the epicenter, villages lost electricity and people were trapped due to snow.

It is estimated that from August 24 to today in Italy there was an earthquake every four and a half minutes. The strongest earthquake was last October, which reached 6.6 on the Richter scale. It was the most violent earthquake in the last 30 years.