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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 prays for victims of attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt


Before the Angelus prayer at the end of Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis wanted to remember the victims of terrorism, in particular, those from the Stockholm truck attack.

"To Christ, who enters the Passion today, and to the Blessed Virgin, we entrust the victims of the terrorist attack last Friday in Stockholm, as well as those who are still suffering from war, the disaster of humanity."

Unfortunately, while the Palm Sunday ceremony was taking place, another attack took place in a Coptic church in Egypt, in the city of Tanta, 56 miles north of Cairo.

The pope remembered the victims and asked for the conversion of terrorists and those who sell weapons.

"We pray for the victims of the attack that took place today, this morning, in Cairo, in a Coptic church. May the Lord convert the hearts of people who sow terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make and sell guns."

In this attack in the city of Tanta, 28 people died. Terror struck the Christians of Egypt a few hours later when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to another parish in Alexandria where the Coptic Pope Theodore II was celebrating a service. While he was unharmed, 16 people died. In total, there are more than 100 people injured and the president has decreed a state of emergency for the next three months.

In just 20 days, Pope Francis will visit Egypt to send a message of unity with Islam in the face of terrorism.

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