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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.

South Sudan missionary: “These people ask us to not forget they are people”


Solidarity with South Sudan is an organization that seeks to alleviate the suffering of a country that has just become aware of the tragedy of war. 

In South Sudan, four religious communities of men and women struggle in a population that feels forgotten by the world. 

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"Many times people tell us, 'Please remember we are there. Do not forget that we exist.' They do not even ask for food or money but just to remember that they exist. I believe that this is our greatest sin, to forget the people that are there. They are not only numbers, they are people.”

Sister Yudith has seen chronic hunger suffered by the people in South Sudan with her own eyes. In a country with 300 percent inflation, and almost no agriculture or development, all stomachs are empty.

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"There are people who are isolated, especially in the rainy season, and are eating grass because there is nothing. People are really starving. We see it. All children and young people are hungry. Everyone is very thin. It is a situation of intense stress and  pressure.”

With a collapsed state and war in which atrocious crimes have been committed, the dead are no longer even counted. Each day that passes is even more cruel than the previous. 

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"The news came to us that a policeman had committed suicide because he had no salary and had starved his children. These stories are terrible, but they are a part of life there.”

However not fixing the situation would be even more cruel. To help, religious sisters like Yudith and Solidarity with South Sudan, do not stop their effort to fight. They know that peace and development are possible and despite their efforts, the help they offer is small compared to the mass devastation.