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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 clarifies status of excommunicated Chinese bishop

2011-07-13

They note that excommunication means Shiyin has no right to govern over the diocese and can no longer celebrate Catholic rites. However, he remains a member of the Church through his baptism and should approach the Holy See at any point for reconciliation.

The Holy See also clarified the status of bishops who participated in the illicit ordination. The seven legitimate bishops who were present are deemed excommunicated unless they can prove they were forced to participate against their will.

The new spokesperson for the Church of China has responded saying “the ordination is a demonstration of religious liberty in China.” He said by choosing their own bishops they are following “decades of tradition and independence.”


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