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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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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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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.

African charismatics bring their joyful voices to the Vatican


One hundred and twenty Catholics from South Africa have brought their contagious joy and smiling faces to Rome. With everyone proudly wearing matching shirts and hats from their country of Botswana, this Catholic Charismatic group caught the attention of many pilgrims who happened to be in St. Peter's Square.

Leader of Charismatic Renewal (Botswana)
"The Charismatic Catholic Renewal is something that is known by the authorities. It's not something that is hidden. It's not something that is illegal, but it is something that is allowed by the Church. That is why we have come here to be in the Catholic city of the Catholic Church.”

Participant, Charismatic Renewal (Botswana)
"We are here because we want a new Pentecost. We've come to celebrate the 50th year of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide. We are so, so excited. We just want to hold his hand because he's our papa."

In fact, they not only sing in St. Peter's Square, but throughout the city and even where they are staying. It is the way they say they can truly live out their experience in Rome and their weekend seeing the Holy Father.

Leader of Charismatic Renewal (Botswana)
"I think it is very very important for us to come and celebrate here. Pentecost is the real right day of celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, so for us to be with the pope, I think it's wonderful." 

They will be joined with thousands of other Charismatics from around the world, who have all come to receive the "outpouring” or "baptism” of the Holy Spirit during the celebration of the birthday of the Church.