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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.

Vatican says it was not informed on time about the sexual abuse cases in Milwaukee

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According to the Vatican none of the bishops from that diocese informed the Vatican during that time period about Father Lawrence Murphy, who was accused of molesting 200 deaf boys.

It wasn’t until 22 years later, that the archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert Weakland wrote to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was under then Cardinal Ratzinger authority. Archbishop Weakland, reported the cases because they involved violation of the sacrament of confession. In other words, Father Lawrence was asking for sexual favors from victims in confessionals.

The Vatican says that it had only learned about these cases 22 years after they occurred.

Many of the victims say civil authorities and prosecutors also ignored their cases and although some of them were investigated, others were put on the back burner.
The Vatican says this is a tragic case, especially because it involved so many vulnerable deaf children at a boarding school.


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