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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.

October: Extremely busy month for Benedict XVI

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The Pope's first public event will kick off on October 4th in the town of Loreto. The Pope will celebrate Mass, to mark 50 years since John XXIII traveled there to pray so that the Second Vatican Council would be successful.

Then on October 7th, the Pope will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square to welcome the Synod on the New Evangelization. During that Mass he will also name two new doctors of the Church: Hildegard of Bingen and Juan de Ávila.

The Synod will last throughout October. The Pope has invited special speakers like, main Orthodox leader, Patriarch Bartholomew I and Anglican Primate, Rowan Williams.

On October 11th, the Pope will inaugurate the Year of Faith with a Mass in St. Peter's Square. The event actually coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. In fact several of those who took part in the Council in the 60's will be there to celebrate.

On Sunday 21, the Pope will canonize seven new saints: Giacomo Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Carmen Sallés, Marianne Cope, Catherine Tekakwitha and Anna Schäffer.

The following Sunday October 28, Benedict XVI will celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Square to mark the end of the Bishop's Synod.

It will be a month of non-stop work for the 85 year old Pope.


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