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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

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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

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Extremist Islamic group damage another UNESCO site in Timbuktu, Mali

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This last incident, is one of several recent attack against UNESCO World Heritage sites in that area.

IRNIA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

"There are mausoleums, there are mosques, manuscripts which represent an enormous value for humanity, and it’s totally unacceptable what is happening there.”
Timbuktu is in the West African state of Mali. Since the 12th century, it has been considered the cradle of Islamic learning. Especially since thousands of Islamic manuscripts and texts have been found there.

In 1988, it was declared a World Heritage site. In fact, just days before the attacks began, it was added to the list of landmarks that run the risk of  not having proper conservation. Now UNESCO is trying to rally support to stop the attacks.

IRNIA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

"It's mobilizing international support of political and religious leaders.”

The rebel group argues that the shrines promote idol worshiping.

This unrest in Northern Mali, comes after former president Amadou Toumani was ousted by a military coup last March. Since then, rebels and Islamic groups have been fighting to seize control of the area.

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