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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.

War, pedophilia, refugees: Today's issues are the focus of the Way of the Cross' meditations


War, pedophilia, and thousands of displaced people forced to flee their homes are the subject of Anne-Marie Pellettier's meditations to be read on Good Friday at the Colosseum's Way of the Cross. Pellettier, winner of the 2014 Ratzinger award, is the first woman to write for this event.

Her meditations will connect the suffering that Christ experienced on his walk, and compare it to the modern world. She says that today, "under the same cross, one finds our own world, with all its fallen and its pains, its appeals and its revolts.” 

She says that though "the bad leaves us without a voice and without help”, one must find the "passage in the chaos and in the dark”, knowing "to shine because we are already in the passion of the beloved son.” 

Though the Colosseum's Way of the Cross on Good Friday is a tradition that began centuries ago with Pope Benedict XIV, it was only recently revived by Pope Paul VI in 1964. 

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