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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.

Angela Merkel and Pope Francis agree to push multilateralism


The Swiss guard again stood to attention before Angela Merkel. This is the sixth time she visited Pope Francis. 

The pope and the German Chancellor met behind closed doors for 40 minutes.

According to the Vatican, they spoke about "the upcoming G20 meeting in Hamburg, the responsibility of the international community in combating poverty and hunger, the global threat of terrorism, and climate change.”

She said the idea is to boost multilateral collaboration, and tear down walls instead of building them.

Angela Merkel was returning from a tour in Latin America, which also included a stop in Argentina. For that reason, she brought dulce de leche and Argentine biscuits as a gift for the pope. 

In return, the pope gave her an olive branch sculpture, which she greatly appreciated and showed the photographers.

Angela Merkel was accompanied by her husband during the visit.

Before saying farewell, the pope expressed his condolences for the death of Helmut Kohl, one of the driving forces of Germany's reunification and Europe's construction.