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Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

June 26, 2017. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Continental China, was taken into custody by Chinese police on Easter weekend 2017. While recognized as a bishop in the Catholic Church, he is an unofficial bishop or "underground” in China, since the Chinese government does not recognize him as religious.
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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.
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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.
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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.

John Paul II, Alive in Memory

2009-04-06

That same day in 2005… the atmosphere had been particularly somber.

At the same window from which John Paul had shared his suffering with the world, Pope Benedict XVI recited the rosary at 9.37pm...the exact moment his predecessor passed away.

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One year has gone by, but his memory remains very much alive in our hearts and minds.

Twelve months since his death, over a million people have visited John Paul’s tomb:

“I felt the presence of a saint who has helped people immensely.”

Young people in St Peter’s Square looked back with affection at everything the late Pope did for them…

“John Paul II had a special place in the hearts of youngsters around the world.”

On April 3rd, Benedict XVI celebrated a memorial Mass, inviting people to embrace John Paul’s spiritual legacy…

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“Let us remember his tireless calls for us to cooperate in making humanity ever more fair and generous.”

In Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran, prayers ended with the first step in the beatification process of John Paul II.

The Vatican has yet to confirm a miracle on his behalf, but for the faithful marking the anniversary of the late pontiff’s death, the beatification process is superfluous: for them, John Paul II is already a saint.