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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 Benedict XVI's 90th birthday gift: book of essays written by Ratzinger scholars


Just days away from the pope emeritus' birthday, the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation launched Cooperatores Veritatis, a compilation of essays to honor the former pope. They were written by those who won the Ratzinger Prize, referred to as the Nobel Peace Prize for Theology. 

The book's editor intends for the book to serve as a testament to the former pope's theological and intellectual contributions. 

Editor, Cooperatores Veritatis
"He understood that for man to be well, he needs to speak with God, to correspond to the love of God. But there is a place in which this dialogue with God is possible. This place is the liturgy. He wanted to recover the beauty of the liturgy, because he understood that the relations of man with the liturgy depends also on speaking with God.”

Joining him as a keynote speaker was Cardinal Koch, who expressed the importance of combining the works of the scholars. 

President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
"The prize Ratzinger's have contributed to this book, and it's a very good collection of beautiful conferences, beautiful articles, and I think a very beautiful gift for all of us.”

Also celebrating the event was Fr. Federico Lombardi, former spokesman to Pope Francis and pope emeritus, along with Msgr. Georg Gänswein, the current secretary to Pope Benedict XVI and Prefect of the Papal Household. 

There were certainly no shortage of guests to show their support and gratitude towards a man who has contributed his life to the service of the Catholic Church. 

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