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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.

In Vatican City, faith and sports join forces


Pope Francis is no stranger to the sports world, and since his election as pope, St. Peter's Square has welcomed athletes of all different sports. From soccer to basketball, and even the Vatican's own cricket team, faith and sport are closer than they seem.  

Sports have the ability to become much more than a game, but also a way to promote development. Santiago Pérez de Camino, director of the Vatican's Office of Church and Sport, explains how. 

Director, Vatican Office of Church and Sport
"We work on two main areas. On one side we work on the international relationships with all the institutions that work on sports, like the International Olympic Committee. On the other side, we work on the study and the promotion on the initiatives that form the new generations on sports and form on the faith and Christian values through sports.” 

What's symbolic about sports is that they are an international language, which is why some months ago, Pope Francis dedicated his world prayer intention to athletics. 

Director, Vatican Office of Church and Sport
"He would like to ask to pray to make it possible that sports could  make a culture of encounter. He talks a lot about to go to the peripheries. So sports, it's a unique tool to do this because it's a universal language. It's understood by everybody, everywhere, knows how to play soccer or basketball.”

The office also promotes different initiatives. For example, they sponsored the Holy Land Marathon, which was used to promote peace between the Israelites and Palestinians. Their most recent seminar was on the role of coaches. 

Director, Vatican Office of Church and Sport
"We talked about the role of coaches in the formation of the new generations. Because sometimes the coach spends more time than a father or a mother or a priest with the young people.”

Sports have the ability to reach a dimension far beyond that of a field. This office has jumped into the deep to achieve just that, eyes set on the finish line of integrity, brotherhood, and peace.