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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.

USA and Russia: the top exporters of arms in the world


In the global arms market, there are 10 countries who account for more than 90 percent of all arms trade. 

The U.S. and Russia are the largest exporters, with a combined profit of $16.3 billion in the year 2016. The other three making up the top five are Germany, France and China, who have all been increasing their numbers of exports. These five in total are responsible for 74 percent of all exports throughout the world. 

For the month of June, Pope Francis is asking all Christians to join him in praying for an end to this tragic arms trade.

"Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade so that the merchants of death get rich?”

He has mentioned his disgust for the selling of arms are numerous other occasions as well, mentioning power and money as the root causes. 

"In today’s world there is blood being spilled. Today the world is at war. Many brothers and sisters are dying, -even innocent people-, because the great and powerful want a larger slice of the earth; they want a little more power, or they want to make a little more money on arms trafficking.”

However, the United States alone supplies weapons to more than 100 countries, which is more than any other country. 

This multi-billion dollar industry earned these main contending countries $31 billion in 2016 alone, as the main countries looking to import these weapons are India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.