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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.

May 2012: Pope's butler arrested for stealing papal documents

2012-12-27

CORONEL DANIEL ANRIG 

"We, as free men, provide volunteer service to the Holy Church.” 

FR. ALAIN DE RAEMY 
Chaplain, Pontifical Swiss Guard 
"The Lord asks each one of you if you swear to serve faithfully, loyally and honorably the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI.”  

The new guards salute the flag with a curious gesture; they raise three fingers to symbolize the Trinity.  

Benedict XVI traveled to the Italian region of Tuscany to visit Arezzo. Despite the wind and rain, thousands of people from across the country joined him. The Pope asked them to remain faithful to their Christian tradition. 

BENEDICT XVI 
"Be ferment in society, be present as Christians, be active and coherent. With its centuries-old history, the City of Arezzo summarizes significant expressions of culture and values.” 

A book's publication deepened the Vatileaks scandal, highlighting the massive leak of papal documents. They did not contain controversial content, but rather confidential reports that questioned the trust behind the Pope's entourage. 

Several days later, the investigation started bearing results and the Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested. The trial against the butler started at the end of September. Benedict XVI was unable to hide his suffering by what was going on. 

BENEDICT XVI 
"Events in recent days regarding the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart,” though, he continued, "the firm conviction that despite human weakness, despite the difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit.” 

The Pope welcomed the president of Bulgaria during a general audience, who's highlight was a one-of-a-kind gift. During Holy Week, many were surprised to see a large, chocolate Easter Egg. This time around, the gift was a jewelry piece measuring more than 6 feet tall. 

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano gave Benedict a concert as a gift to celebrate the seventh year of his pontificate. For the first time, Director Riccardo Muti conducted an orchestra before the Pope. 


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