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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 Schedule: New meeting with the C9


Each meeting with the Council of Cardinals is a another step forward in Pope Francis' reform. From Monday to Wednesday, the 9 cardinals in charge of advising the pope in the governing of the Curia and Church will convene. It will be the first time since their last meeting in December.

Also, on Tuesday, the Vatican will host a congress on the Mediterranean diet and healthy eating. Experts from Europe and the United States will travel to Rome for the occasion.

Pope Francis will continue to offer his daily homilies from the Casa Santa Marta and meet with pilgirms in the Paul VI Audience Hall for the Wednesday General Audience where he will continue his reflections on the meaning of Christian hope.

On Friday, he will pay a special visit to Roma Tre University and meet with teachers and students.

On Sunday, he will close the week with the Angelus prayer led from his from the window of the papal apartments overlooking St. Peter’s Square.