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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.

Cardinal Nicora turns 80, leaving 117 cardinal voters


Italian Cardinal Attilio Nicora, who from 2002 to 2011, presided over the "Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See," was responsible for managing the properties and funds that finance the Roman Curia.

He was the first president of the Vatican's "Financial Information Authority," which monitors economic operations within the City State and shares information with other states to avoid money laundering or terrorist financing.

John Paul II made him a cardinal in 2003. Since then, he has participated in the conclaves that elected Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Now that he turns 80, he loses his right to participate in a conclave and the number of cardinal voters is now reduced to 117.