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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 confessed in Saint Peter's Basilica before hearing the confessions of others


The pope presided over a penitential ceremony in a St. Peter's Basilica, where, for this occasion, several priests were available so that anyone could confess. Cardinals and bishops also accompanied the pope.

After proclaiming the Gospel, the basilica became quiet. There was a long silence to carry out the examination of conscience.

The pope preferred not give a homily. Instead, he went directly to the confessional to confess. He then entered one to confess seven people, all lay, for about 50 minutes.

In the meantime, the Sistine Chapel choir sang the impressive Miserere, composed by Gregorio Allegri in the 17th century.