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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.

Jazzy singer launches cover song to feel God's calming presence


Describing herself as a singer/songwriter with a hint of jazz, Kylie Odetta has released a cover video of the song Closer, originally by GAWVI, which is an invitation for all to come nearer to Christ. 

"My hope for the song and what it means is that people would feel that love and maybe for the first time while they're watching that video or listening to that song, and really feel a calming presence and really feel just how much God truly cares about them specifically because it's crazy.”

Kylie says the experience of filming was a testimony to her and full of so many examples of Divine Providence. She says, even the location where they filmed the music video was an example of God's assistance.

"The place where we filmed it is actually called the Upper Room and is a venue that is kind of faith based, which is where the name comes from, the Upper Room, where Jesus was with His disciples.”

She says that faith has always played a large role in her music, beginning with God blessing her with a musical gift. She explains that now she wants to honor Him with her songs.  

"We can do nothing without Him and we should desire to do everything with Him. So with each little daily moment, I've been trying to invite Him into my life more.”

That is exactly what she is doing with this song, drawing closer to Him not only personally, but inviting all those listening to do the same, one musical lyric at a time. 

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