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Names of archbishops to receive pallium from Pope Francis

June 28, 2017. On June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis will bless the palliums of the Metropolitan Archbishops. This year, 36 have been appointed. The list is as followed
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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.

Harvard contest challenges designers to create homes for less than $300

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To help create housing that was cheap and easily built, a professor from Dartmouth launched a contest in "Harvard Business Review” to create homes for 300 dollars or less. This was the beginning of "$300 House,” a contest for architects, engineers and designers from every country.

The winner was Eric Ho for his proposal to build individual housing units that are attached together and thereby cutting down on costs. These houses would create a neighborhood of around 100 families. To view the design, you can follow his step by step construction plan that would keep costs under $300.

The California architect Joseph Sandy sent this design that can be adapted to different climates, giving homes to poor families around the world.

Among the hundreds of projects presented, the top 16 took awards home. However, the idea behind the contest didn't end there. Some of these designs are already being built in India, Ethiopia and Haiti to help ensure that nobody is left without a home.

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