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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.

Pope dedicates the general audience to the Latin Theology

2009-10-28

The twelfthcentury was a time of a spiritual, cultural and political rebirth in the West.Theology, for its part, became more conscious of its own nature and method,faced new problems and paved the way for the great theological masterpieces ofthe thirteenth century, the age of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure.

Twobasic "models" of theology emerged, associated respectively with themonasteries and the schools which were the forerunners of the medievaluniversities. Monastic theology grew out of the prayerful contemplation of theScriptures and the texts of the Church Fathers, stressing their interior unityand spiritual meaning, centred on the mystery of Christ.

Scholastic theologysought to clarify the understanding of the faith by study of the sources and theuse of logic, and led to the great works of synthesis known as the Summae.Even today this confidence in the harmony of faith and reason inspires us toaccount for the hope within us and to show that faithliberates reason, enabling the human spirit to rise to the loving contemplationof that fullness of truth which is God himself.I offer a warm welcome to the English-speaking visitors present at today’sAudience, especially those from England, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, India and theUnited States. My particular greeting goes to the priests attending a course atthe Pontifical North American College and to the seminarians of the PontificalScots College. Upon all of you I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace!

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