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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 selects Latino bishop Jose Gomez to head Los Angeles archdiocese

2010-04-07

After Cardinal Roger Mahony retires, Archbishop Gomez will head the largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, with more than five million members, 70 percent of them Hispanic.

Gomez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and studied theology at the University of Navarre in Spain. In 1978, he was ordained an Opus Dei priest in Spain and later worked in the Galveston-Houston area.
From 2001 he served as auxiliary bishop in Denver. And in 2004 was named archbishop of San Antonio where he currently serves. 58-year-old Gomez was recently elected chair of the Committee on Migrants and Refugee Services for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As coadjutor bishop for Los Angeles, he will take over the archdiocese when the current archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony retires probably in 2011.

Archbishop Gomez is one of 22 Opus Dei bishops around the world. Like any other priest, once a member of the Opus Dei Prelature becomes a bishop, he answers directly to the pope and no longer to the prelate.

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