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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.

Year in Review-July: Pope publishes 'Charity in Truth'

2009-12-31

Benedict XVI proposed a new economic system based on ethics that keeps human beings in mind.

Stefano Zamagni
Economist, University of Bologna (Italia)

"The encyclical sees Capitalism in its historic dimension and suggestsgoing beyond it. It highlights the intrinsic limits of Capitalism,whose goal is to obtain the greatest possible benefit, and suggeststhat all society have this goal too.

Card. Renato Martino
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

The whole encyclical talks about ethics. Not only ethics in financesbut in all actions by those responsible, because the world cannot begoverned without moral principles.

The pope warned about the dangers of mere sentimental solidarity thathinders the progress of underdeveloped societies and said thatsocieties cannot move forward if there is no respect for life.

Three days after its release, the pope received President Barack Obamaand his wife in the Vatican, who was in Italy for the G8 summit.

President Obama
"It’s a great honor. Thank you so much.”

During the meeting, Obama said he would work to reduce the number ofabortions in the U.S. They also talked about peace in the Middle Eastand aid to Africa and Latin America.

On July 13, the pope left for Les Combes in northern Italy on a twoweek vacation. Shortly after arriving he fell and broke his wrist andunderwent surgery to treat the fracture. After it was all over hedidn’t lose his sense of humor.

Benedict XVI

“Unfortunately, my guardian angel didn’t stop my fall, and surely didso following orders from above. Perhaps the Lord wanted to teach me tobe more patient and humble, and give me more time for prayer andmeditation. It was not a coincidence."

The accident didn’t stop him from working on his next book. At the endof the month he left for Caste Gandolfo to continue his work, far fromthe heat of Rome.

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