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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.

From Nigeria, to Ireland, to Rome: All to see Pope Francis


This group of pilgrims is smiling for a good reason: after months of anticipation, they have finally arrived to see Pope Francis. 

Studying in Ireland, these two Nigerian priests never thought they would make it to Rome, until a parish family gave them an unexpected Christmas gift. 

"It’s a lifetime opportunity, they just offered us to come to Rome. I may never have the opportunity to come to Rome again. Pope Francis is someone who has passion for the poor. He doesn't believe in the life that you have to exaggerate yourself, he is a big man up there, but he tries to associate with the lowly, the less privileged, the poor. He has passion.”

His classmate was also unable to contain his laughter, struck by the magnitude and emotion of the event. 

"To have an opportunity to see the pope, to listen to him. It's an experience that is worth it. An experience that everyone is looking forward to. I am so happy I had that opportunity to listen to Pope Francis, someone who speaks from the heart.” 

Prepared to take these messages back to their pastoral work in Nigeria, their hosts are also ready to carry the Holy Father’s words to Dublin, in light of his 2018 visit. What does he believe the country needs most?

"Faith. It is to bring the Word of God to us, and to encourage us to live our faith as we should. We'll give him a great 'cead mile failte', which is 100,000 welcomes and we look after him well.” 

It’s these moments that are so special about Pope Francis’ General Audience: they create unforeseen bonds.