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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.

The pope's most powerful messages to the consecrated people


If there is something that the Argentine pontiff has demonstrated in his encounters with consecrated persons, it is that he has two very clear ideas.

First, the Pope emphasizes that for a religious community to work, there must be trust, fraternity, and a lot of frankness.

November 7, 2014
"Sometimes you will come to blows but that is not a problem. That is better than the terrorism of gossip.”

February 1, 2016
"If you want to say something against a brother or sister, or launch 'gossip bomb'... Bite your tongue! Strong.”

Second, when faced with the problem of vocational shortages, Pope Francis points out that the solution is not to just accept anyone. In some convents and seminaries, the problem is is that many of the people who want to enter have psychiatric problems, or simply seek material stability.

November 26, 2015
"There are some who want to go in through the window. That doesn't work. If someone you know or friends have come in through the window, hug them. And explain that it's better for them to go and serve the Lord elsewhere because a work which Jesus himself did not begin, by the door, will never be brought to completion.”

February 1, 2016
"Some congregations do  experiment with 'artificial insemination.' 'What do they do? They receive. They say, 'Yes, come, come.' And then there are problems from within. It must be received seriously.”

The pope dedicated 2015 to the consecrated life. In the letter that he sent to the consecrated on the occasion of this event, he entrusted them with the task of "awakening" the world to bring them to conversion. He also asked three things of them: to look at the past with gratitude to God, to live in the present with passion, and to look to the future with hope, the same that must be transmitted to the world.