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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.

Protestant leaders inspired after General Audience with the pope


Dialogue helps overcome old prejudices. This was the objective of the ecumenical meeting organized by the Focolare Movement.

Christians from more than 300 churches and ecclesial communities attended, and the highlight of the meeting was attending the pope's weekly catechesis. 

"I greet the participants of the Ecumenical Week promoted by the Focolare Movement.”

Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican Communion)
"Unbelievable really, I hadn't anticipated when I said I was coming to this trip that I would end up here for the Audience. And then to be escorted to sit in the front row, up there on the pavement was... well, I'm almost speechless it was just quite incredible.”
Anglican Episcopal Church (Venezuela)
"It's an experience that everyone should have, because this is an atmosphere of hope."

They say they experienced a strong sense of communion in St. Peter's. They allowed themselves to soak up the atmosphere, which encourages them to continue working to build unity day-by-day, and overcome prejudices and obstacles. 

Church of England (Anglican Communion)
"I think the 'how' is easier to say than the 'what.' The how is by growing in real love and that means a real friendship with one another. Because as we grow in friendship, we learn to understand one another more. What I would like to see more understanding of is of the reality of being truly Church. Because sometimes, and I'm not saying it's true of all Roman Catholics, but sometimes we are seen in effect as a second-class Church.”

The Second Vatican Council gave a strong impetus to ecumenism. It ended a stage of mutual suspicion, and made a new way of dialogue with other Christians possible. 

Since then, the popes following the Council have had important meetings. Most recently were the prayer in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the trip to Sweden to remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and an October meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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