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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 at Angelus: "The Cross is not an ornament to wear. It's a call to love"


During Sunday's Angelus, the pope remembered 39 victims of a fire at a children's center in Guatemala. Pope Francis asked the pilgrims to pray in a special way for the youth who die because of violence. 

"This is a sore, this is a hidden cry that must be heard by all of us. We cannot continue pretending that we do not see and we do not hear.”

Pope Francis also asked Christians for two things. That during this period of preparation for Holy Week, one reflects on the seriousness of sin and the salvation of the Cross. 

"The Christian Cross is not something to hang in the house ‘to tie the room together’ or an ornament to wear, but a call to love, with which Jesus sacrificed Himself to save humanity from sin and evil.”

The pope quickly resumed his normal activities after a week of spiritual exercises. That same afternoon, he went to a Roman parish. It is the 14th he visited in the four years of his pontificate.