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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: There are economic powers that impose rules in order to benefit themselves


Pope Francis denounced manipulated globalization. In his message for the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical on integral development, Populorum Progressio, he said that today's world suffers from two evils: individualism and ideological visions that massifies the person and strips him of his identity.

"This massification is also of interest to the economic powers that want to exploit globalization. Instead of favoring collaboration between peoples, they impose a global market in which they themselves are the ones who dictate the rules and those who profit."

The solution, said the pope, is to apply the principle of subsidiarity and not only invest in the economic aspect. Two ideas, he pointed out, that Pope Paul VI urged with his encyclical.

"Development is not always about having more goods available, only for material well-being. FLASH. The duty of solidarity obliges us to seek just modalities of sharing, so that there is not a dramatic inequality between those who have too much and who have nothing, between those who discard and those who are discarded."

Pope Francis delivered this speech before members of the Vatican ministry for Integral Human Development that began operating in January. It is the result of four departments of the Holy See merged into one, which are related to humanitarian tasks such as migrants and peace.

Pope Paul VI was one of the popes that most influenced Pope Francis' thinking. He quotes him often, and shares similar visions of the Church and world.