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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 to medical professionals: Dignity of the sick is first, not money


Speaking to a group of health professionals from Italy, Pope Francis denounced inadequate medical care to those most in need. He explained that the dignity of the sick must be at the center of healthcare and not the economic performance healthcare systems. 

"When a sick person is not placed at the center and considered in their dignity, attitudes arise which can even lead to profiteering on other people’s misfortunes. The growing health poverty among the poorest segments of the population is due precisely to the difficulty of access to care; do not leave anyone indifferent, and multiply the efforts of all because the rights of the most vulnerable should be protected.”

The Pope said that the throwaway culture manifests itself when the poorest can't access healthcare. For this reason, he said that while resources should be improved, they should also be done in an ethical and caring way so as not to punish the most fragile, such as the elderly and people with serious diseases. 

He also stressed that the dignity of the human person should not be compromised in any way, from conception to natural death. 

Pope Francis, however, didn't just focus on looming threats to adequate healthcare. The pope also recognized the work of healthcare workers, calling it a great honor and a great responsibility because "with their hands, they touch the flesh of Christ who suffers.”

Finally, he hoped for a commitment to allocate more funding to researching rare diseases which "are not always given adequate attention.”