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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.

Rome expects one million pilgrims for Holy Week


The Eternal City prepares for Holy Week with great devotion and prudence. It is expecting a million tourists, and while there is no immediate threat, the security measures have not diminished in the slightest. 

"We feel very safe. It's always heartbreaking to see the need for all the security."

"Everything is quite controlled. There are a lot of police, lots of military."

"Personally, I have not felt any threat of danger at any time."

Many tourists come to Rome to spend their holidays and soak up culture, but a large part come for religious reasons. Among the pilgrims' favorite stops are the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Gerusalemme, where some of the relics of the Passion of Christ and The Holy Stairs are guarded, which Jesus climbed to meet Pilate the day he was sentenced to death.

Meanwhile, the main locations of Holy Week events are prepared: the Colosseum for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday and St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis will preside over all ceremonies and on Holy Thursday, he will visit a jail located more than 30 miles from the Eternal City to partake in the washing of the feet.

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