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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.

Bishops of El Salvador ask the Pope to canonize Oscar Romero in their country


The bishops of  El Salvador were able to personally present to the pope their invitation to canonize Óscar Romero, who was murdered in 1980 and beatified in 2015.

President, Episcopal Conference El Salvador
"The pope has listened to us, he has listened to us with great joy, interest and enthusiasm. However, he has not given us a date and we understand it because it is a process, and surely he is waiting for what the Congregation for the Causes of Saints says."

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is studying the alleged miracle that could lead to the canonization. Everything depends on the time it takes to thoroughly analyze the case to approve it.

The bishops also asked the pope to push the beatification of another priest who was martyred: Rutilio Grande. He was murdered three years before Óscar Romero, and the event profoundly marked the then-archbishop of San Salvador.

The other inevitable issue that they discussed with the pope was that of violence in the country caused by poverty.

President, Episcopal Conference El Salvador
"Certainly violence has always accompanied us. Since the signing of the peace agreements 25 years ago, we have been dealing with a new violence that is not so different from the previous one, because they are from the same causes that generated the conflict. There are a few people who have a lot and many people who have little to nothing."

El Salvador is, along with Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world that is not at war. In 2015 the homicide rate exceeded 100 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.