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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.

What is the key to Pope Francis' leadership?


What do a famous singer, chess champion, and top model have to say about Pope Francis? The answer lies in this documentary: "Leadership and Pope Francis,” where different international figures explain the elements that make up leadership, all of which are visibly present in Pope Francis. 

Director, "Leadership and Pope Francis"
"Why does Pope Francis capture your attention? Why is he so attractive to people? This is a question from the documentary that we want to answer, with the help of Andrea Bocelli, Garry Kasparov, and Valeria Mazza; all very different people, some not Catholic, who have something important to say about leadership and the pope.”

Throughout the 47 minute documentary, it analyzes the prestige of the Vatican on the international level with Pope Francis at the head; a person that in only four years of his pontificate has left his mark on the way he does things. 

Director, Vatican Library
"Pope Francis is, in my opinion, a political pope in the deepest sense of the word. I recently read an article in the international press that said that Pope Francis was the only popular politician, and for me this is the key to his pontificate.”

Also appearing in the documentary are other international personalities like baseball star Mike Piazza, member of the baseball Hall of Fame; Jean Todt, president of the  World Motor Sport Council, and who represented the 1990s Ferrari team; Lord David Puttnam, producer of "The Mission;” and Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo López, a political prisoner in Venezuela.

Director, Vatican Film Archive
"I really liked the combination of interviews and the image it portrayed of the pope, which gives us the idea that this pope is for everyone. For the powerful, for the movie stars, for the humble; it's a really beautiful story.”

The documentary, which was presented at the Vatican Film Library, was shot in Venezuela, Switzerland, Spain, England and Italy. It gives the keys to understanding the secrets of perhaps the most respected leader in the world, Pope Francis. 

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