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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.

Benedict XVI turns 90 tomorrow


The pope emeritus turns 90 on Resurrection Sunday, although he will celebrate it on Easter Monday. His secretary Georg Gänswein says it will be a simple celebration, with "a slight Bavarian touch."

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"It will be celebrated privately at his home on Easter Monday, with a Bavarian touch, I cannot say more. Everything Bavarian does a lot of good to the pope's heart and also to us."

His mental state of health is in perfect condition: he writes letters and has visitors. However physically he has vision problems and the logical difficulties of mobility at his age.

He used to walk around the Vatican gardens every day to pray in the grotto dedicated to the Virgin of Lourdes.

His public appearances are limited. The last one was after the consistory for the creation of new cardinals in November. During the visit, the new cardinals and Pope Francis were able to greet him.

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