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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.

Other US presidents' visits to the Vatican


Donald Trump joins a list of presidents visiting the Vatican.

The first was Woodrow Wilson who, almost 100 years ago, visited Benedict XV in 1919, when the Vatican was not yet an independent state. 

The next US president at the Vatican was Dwight D. Eisenhower, who met with John XXIII 40 years later.

John F. Kennedy, the only Catholic elected to the Oval Office, was greeted by Paul VI at the Vatican in 1963. 

Pope Paul VI also met with President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. The meeting was held in New York's Waldorf Astoria. 

John Paul II was the first pope to visit the White House, where he was welcomed by Jimmy Carter in 1979.  Throughout his pontificate, he held 15 meetings with US presidents.

Bill Clinton and both Bush's came to his funeral in Vatican City. 

In 2008, Benedict XVI visited the White House on the day of his 81st birthday. There he listened to a beautiful "Happy Birthday.” 

"Your Holiness, thank you very much. It is a great honor for me.”

In July 2009, Barack Obama visited the Vatican for the first time. He returned five years later, in 2014, to meet Pope Francis

A little over a year later, the Argentine pope returned the visit and met him in Washington.

With almost 100 years of meetings between the US presidents and popes, the general consensus is that though they have not always agreed, good relations have been undoubtedly useful for both sides. 

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