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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: May the Holy Spirit give peace to the world and heal war and terrorism wounds


After Pentecost Mass, the pope prayed the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square in front of thousands of pilgrims with open umbrellas to withstand the heat.

This was the last Regina Coeli of the year, since after Pentecost, the pope returns to praying the Angelus.

Pope Francis wanted to remember all the victims of terrorism after the attacks that had taken place in London a few hours earlier.

"May the Spirit give peace to the whole world and heal the wounds of war and terrorism."

Pope Francis explained the importance of the work of missionaries in the Church and he also recalled the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal that united more than 30,000 people in Rome.

"May the Holy Spirit sustain the mission of the Church throughout the world and give strength to all missionaries and missionaries of the Gospel. Let us now invoke the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary. May she give us the grace to be strongly encouraged by the Holy Spirit, to bear witness to Christ with evangelical frankness."

Before leaving, the pope greeted each of the cardinals, one-by-one. Then he climbed in the popemobile and waved to all the pilgrims for the last time.