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Eight months after the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life officially began functioning, Pope Francis named Schonstatt Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello of Brazil to serve as its secretary.
Francis met with the 13 prelates from Cuba earlier that day during the "ad limina" visit that bishops are required to make to the Vatican.
The global growth of Islam and in particular the rise of Islamic extremism have forced recent popes to set out, with increasing urgency, a strategy for engaging the religion.
Pope Francis hasn't been back to Argentina since he became pope four years ago.