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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 celebrates Mass in Milan: Do not just be 'spectators'. Look to the present without fear


The pope spent more than 20 minutes waving to the million pilgrims who came to Monza Park to participate in the Mass he celebrated during his visit to Milan.

Touching on the teachings of the Gospel of the day, Pope Francis denounced that in today's world numbers are more important than people.

"There is speculation about the poor and the migrants, there is speculation about the young people and their future. Everything seems to be reduced to figures, leaving, on the other hand, that the daily lives of so many families are tinged with precariousness and insecurity.”

Faced with the prospect of an unstable future and so many challenges, the pope said that it is not true that it is impossible to change things. Each person, he said, can have a starring role if he tries to get involved.

"We do not want to remain facing so many painful situations, like mere spectators looking at the sky waiting for the rain to stop. Everything that is happening demands that we look at the present with fearlessness."

The pope said that Christians who want to change the world must keep "trusting” God when difficult moments arrive, because nothing is impossible for Him.

Cardinal Angelo Scola thanked him at the end of the ceremony for the gestures, messages and style of his whole pontificate, not just this trip. The pope applauded his announcement that the local Caritas would deliver 55 houses for people without resources. The cardinal's emotion was evident when the speech ended and his voice cracked.