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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: AIDS medication should be provided for free

2012-06-22

He said an entire generation cannot be lost to the AIDS epidemic. He then added that the Church will continue its work in providing education, food, medicine and care to HIV/AIDS patients. He also said the Church is committed to education, as a way to stop the spread of this disease, particularly in Africa.

The Pope has visited Africa twice. First in 2009 and then in November 2011. Despite its challenges, the Pope described Africa as the continent of hope.  

In 2004, Blessed John Paul II created the “Good Samaritan” Foundation, which is managed by the Pontifical Council for Health and Pastoral Care. The Council manages donations to help patients who need it the most.

Cardinal Bertone also highlighted that almost 30 percent of HIV/AIDS care centers, throughout the world, are managed by the Catholic Church.

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