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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 jokes with Brazilian ambassador: Studying with Jesuits has given you "the virus"


"What an honor! What joy!"
"Welcome. Welcome!"
"Thank you. It's a great pleasure. A great pleasure. From one Jesuit to another, I have studied 10 years with the Jesuits. "
"You have the virus inside."
"I have it, I have it. It never leaves. My family, my father, my brothers, my cousins, everyone. My uncles."

"You can present your letter."

The new ambassador of Brazil to the Holy See had to be reminded to present his credentials before the pope.

Luiz Felipe Mendonça Filho was excited and began the meeting with Pope Francis forgetting the protocol.

The ambassador presented the pope to his wife and daughter, and then to some of his collaborators.

Pope Francis gave him the most important documents of his pontificate written in Portuguese as a gift.

The pope and the ambassador spent a few minutes in private. Francis reminded him that the first audience he had as pope was precisely with the then-president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil was the first country Pope Francis visited for WYD and is also the most Catholic in the world, with 172 million Catholics.