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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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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.

Charles and Camilla of England give pope a basket of products from their own orchard


Georg Gänswein received the royal couple at the gates of Paul VI Audience Hall, and led them to the pope who then greeted them like this. 

"Your Royal Highness, welcome."
"It is a pleasure".
"Your Royal Highness, welcome"
"It is a pleasure".

Pope Francis spoke to them in Spanish with the help of a translator. They held a private meeting for half an hour, followed by an exchange of gifts. Prince Charles confessed to the pope that he did not know what he should bring him. 

"It is impossible to know what to give your Holiness.”

With much British humor, the prince commented on his portrait that he gave the pope. 

"You can hide that one.”

They also gave him this basket of homemade products from their personal residence, Highgrove Royal Gardens, to be shared with the homeless.

"It's juice."
"Thank you very much.”
"It's very good.”

Pope Francis gave them an English copy of his principal documents, as well as a bronze olive branch representing the desire for peace.

When saying goodbye, the pope asked them to pray for him. The Duchess of Cornwall responded by adding a commentary on her husband, which provoked a great laugh in Pope Francis. 

"Pray for me”
"It was such a pleasure … My husband talks a lot.”

With this sympathetic touch, the visit from the heir to the crown of England and his wife concluded. The last time they were at the Vatican was in 2009, when they met with Pope Benedict XVI.