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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 Pius XII and the Holocaust: Yad Vashem Memorial makes changes in exhibit

2012-07-02

The new text says that according to his supporters, the Pope's neutrality helped save the lives of many Jews. The Vatican claims that if Pius XII would have been more outspoken and critical of the Nazi regime, it would have caused the death of even more Jews.

Instead the Vatican says, his quiet diplomacy allowed the Church to carry out secret rescue missions.

The text description still includes the point of view of critics, who say he should have said and done more.

The Holy See's ambassador in Israel, Antonio Franco described it as a 'positive evolutio', adding that the text went from straight condemnation to an evaluation.

Pius XII was Pope from 1939 to 1958. Before that he was the papal envoy in the German state of Bavaria. The controversy over his approach has been discussed between the Vatican and Israel, for decades.

Some claim the controversy between both groups has stopped the beatification of Pius XII from going forward.


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