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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 Francis: The Mafia is contrary to the Gospel and must be combated


Pope Francis held a meeting with the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Directorate of Italy. These are the judges and officials who deal with crime in these two areas.

"I deeply thank you for the time you have given us today."

Pope Francis recognized the difficult work they do and the dangers which they are exposed to everyday.

"I am aware of the fact that your work involves risks to your life – this I know – and the risk of other dangers for you and for your families. It's the mafia way of doing these things."

He has also asked them to make special efforts to help the victims of mafias engaged in human trafficking. Once again, the pope has asked for the conversion of these criminals.

"At the same time, may the Lord, just and merciful, touch the heart of the men and women of the various mafias, so that they pause, stop doing evil, convert and change their lives."

Pope Francis recalled that the Mafia is opposed to the Gospel and it must be combated because it expresses the culture of death, while the Gospel expresses life. Therefore, those who follow Christ can have nothing to do with the mafia.

"The money from the dirty deals of mafia crimes is stained with blood, and produces iniquitous power. We are all aware that the devil enters ‘through the pockets:’ there is the first corruption."

The pope assured the magistrates that he prays for them and for their important work. In return, they gave him a plaque in recognition of his work in for peace and justice.