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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.

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.

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.

Strong emotions during Pope's first public appearance since announcing resignation


"Today I feel that I need to support more the Church with what I'm doing with my ordinary life by praying more for the Holy Father and doing my work well and trying to offer it.”

 "It's a moment so special because I didn't know that this was going to happen when I came here and this is a historical moment. so it's so special to me to see the Pope, and this will be the only opportunity for me to see the him.”

Since the early morning on Wednesday, they waited for the chance to see the Pope inside Paul VI Hall. They wanted to show their appreciation to him and what he's done for the Church.

"I think that he helped us to being true Christians with the doctrine that he imparts to us.”

 "I don't know, because he did so many things and it's hard to point only one”. "He has been a very important successor.”

They poured in from all parts of Rome and the world, surrounding Benedict XVI with their warmth and well wishes. Even more are expected to arrive in the coming days to see him and thank him until his last moment as Pope.