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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.

Turkish Government May Allow Orthodox Church to Own Property

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The groundbreaking event marks the first time in history, the Republic of Turkey will return  property belonging to a religious minority. 

The secular Turkish government banned religious organizations from owning property in a law passed in 1936 … Until now. 

According to the report, the move resulted in a hotly constested court ruling by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

There are some 250 million Orthodox  worldwide, who recognize the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as their leader... However there are only about 3,000 ethnic Greeks living in Turkey today. The Orthodox Church in Turkey has been subject to many restrictions over the past century. 

Turkish officials have yet to confirm the news, though experts say the move will open “a can of worms,” as their are about 20 other buildings of great value that have been seized by the government. 
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