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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's Schedule: Pope Francis will return to wash prisoner's feet on Holy Thursday


During Holy Week, Pope Francis will not miss his weekly catechesis with the pilgrims on Wednesday.

On Thursday at 9:30, he will celebrate the Chrism Mass, where he will bless the holy oils that will be used throughout the year when administering Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.

In the afternoon, he will celebrate the rite of the washing of feet at a prison in Paliano, about 30 miles outside of Rome.

On Friday at 5:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica, he will preside over the Penitential Ceremony. At 9:15 p.m., he will then travel to the Colosseum for the traditional Way of the Cross. This year, the pilgrims will reflect on meditations written by Anne-Marie Pelletier, the first woman to win the Ratzinger Prize, which is considered the Nobel Prize of Theology.

The Easter Vigil will be held Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the Basilica, while Easter Sunday will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter's Square. It will be followed by the pope's Urbi et Orbi blessing.