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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.

Superior General of the Heralds of the Gospel presents his resignation


With this letter, the Superior of the Heralds of the Gospel, João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, announces his resignation as Superior General. He thus opens the process for choosing a successor.

He clarifies that "he does not renounce his mission as a father" and that he will continue "at the disposal of each and every one, knowing he's constituted by God as the model and living guardian of this charism."

Brazilian 77-year-old, João Scognamiglio Clá Dias founded the clerical society of apostolic life "Virgo Flos Carmeli" and the private association of faithful "Heralds of the Gospel," well known for their characteristic habit. They claim that they are in almost 70 countries and have more than 4,000 members.

Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli explains in the "Vatican Insider” that the resignation of the superior could have to do with the Vatican opening an investigation of the institute.

The Holy See wants to clarify if within this organization there is an exaggerated devotion to its founders and its hitherto superior, since it appears they were invoked for some prayers and even during alleged exorcisms.

If the investigation is confirmed, his resignation will probably make clarifying the situation much easier.

As of today, June 16, 2017, the Vatican has not yet opened any investigation.

UPDATE 2 by Rome Bureau of Tradition Family Property (TFP):
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, "Brazilian thinker and man of action gave rise to a reality that was entirely different from that of the Heralds of the Gospel.”
"Although a provisional judicial ruling in Brazil has given them legal possession of the TFP there and in some other countries, the Heralds of the Gospel do not continue the thought, practices, and action that characterized Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, the moral founder of this vast spiritual family. Instead, they organized themselves under a name he never knew during his life (1908-1995)”.
"Numerous people who followed Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira for decades—be it due to their close proximity to him resulting from family and/or civil and institutional relations, be it others like the undersigned who represented him in Rome in the last twelve years of his life—unanimously testify to the fact that nothing similar to the stories narrated in the videos and news items circulating about the Heralds of the Gospel ever occurred in the presence of the Brazilian TFP’s founder, or, to the best of their knowledge, in any of the TFP associations.”

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