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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.

Prague mourns death of Card. Miloslav Vlk: A window washer during communism


At the age of 85, Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the Archbishop of Prague from 1991-2010 has passed away.

He was one of the few cardinals who lived during the hardest years of communism. He was ordained in 1968 and had to live clandestinely as a priest. In order to avoid suspicion, he worked as a window washer.

John Paul II made him a cardinal in 1994. He was president of the episcopal conferences of Europe and participated in the conclave that elected Benedict XVI.

With his death, the college of cardinals descends to 224 cardinals, 117 of them electors and 107 non-electors.