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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: Consistory for cause of sainthood for Fatima shepherds


After presiding over all the events during Holy Week at the Vatican, Pope Francis will not be taking any time off to relax during Easter Week.

Starting at 12 on Easter Monday, the pope will lead the Regina Coeli prayer from the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square. He will then continue this prayer each Sunday until Pentecost. 

On Wednesday, he will continue his catechesis on hope for all the pilgrims visiting Rome during the General Audience at 10 a.m.
At the same time on Thursday morning, Pope Francis has called for a consistory of cardinals to give approval for the cause of canonization for the two shepherds from Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco. This consistory could also review future dates for 30 Brazilian martyrs, a Spanish priest and an Italian Capuchin priest. 

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Pope Francis will meet with Oscar Camps, the Founder of Proactiva Open Arms. They are volunteers who are working to rescue refugees who are fleeing from the coast of Lesbos in the Mediterranean. It will not be the first time the pope will meet with him. In May 2016, Camps brought the Holy Father a life jacket of a girl they were unable to rescue.

That evening at 5 p.m., he will preside at the Liturgy of the Word with the Community of Sant'Egidio at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island in Rome. It will be in memory of the "New Martyrs” from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

He will close his week by praying the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square, in the same way as he started the week on Monday.