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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.

How have the numbers in German Catholics changed during papacy of Benedict XVI?

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Now five years later, the pope returns to Germany to visit Berlin, Erfurt, and Freiburg over four days.

Germany has a population around 82 million people. In 2005 there were 27 and a half million German Catholics, making up 31% of the population. The number of total Catholics has decreased to 24 and a half million, but as a percentage of the population has risen to 33%.  Likewise, the number of parishes has dropped by more than a 1000, leaving just over 11,000.

The number of German bishops has bumped up to 113 from 105. While the number of priests has gone down by over 1000, making just over 17,000 priests currently serving.

There has however been a large spike in the number of students attending Catholic schools and universities. In 2005 there were around 17,000. Today there is over 25 and a half thousand students in Catholic schools.

There has also been an increase of over 200 Catholic nursing homes bringing the total to just over 2,800. While Catholic hospitals have dropped by almost 100, leaving 444 working hospitals.


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