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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.

Card. Barragan: next Pope needs at least same qualities as Benedict XVI



President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"The Pope decided to resign because he says he no longer has the strength to carry out the office. Therefore, the next Pope needs to be a person who at the very least has the qualities Benedict XVI had before he started loosing strength.” 

He also traveled with Benedict XVI to Mexico and Cuba back in March 2012. The apostolic trip is forever marked with this photograph. At that point, the Cardinal didn't expect a resignation, at all. 

President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"It's a decision that shows great humility, great courage, great consistency. It's a decision that says, 'Our Lord is guiding the Church.' Hopefully this will be the best decision for the Church, as the Pope said.” 

The cardinal said that it is now time to examine the situation of the Church and pray that cardinals elect the right person to address these new challenges. 

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