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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.

Day 4 of discussions, cardinals are in no rush to set a date for Conclave

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Out of the 115 cardinal electors, 114 took part in the meeting. Vietnamese Cardinal Pham Minh Man, had not yet arrived, perhaps halting the selection of when the conclave will start.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

"I think it's very normal and natural that they haven't decided on a date yet. This means that when a date is chosen they won't really need that much more time for reflection and discussion. It will mean that they are prepared for the coming decision.”

On Thursday morning, 16 cardinals spoke during the meeting. The topics included ecumenism, charitable works and the fight against poverty.

But the core issues are still new new evangelization, management of the Curia and the profile the next Pope should have. During this time, many cardinals are eager to walk up to the podium to speak their minds.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

"Certainly there is a long waiting list to speak. So one of the things we can look at, is if this waiting list is to talk about generic issues, or more specific and concrete issues that are of interest to the Church.”

On behalf of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Dean, Angelo Sodano, sent a telegram of condolence, in light of the recent death of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

As stated by Apostolic Law, during the Sede Vacante period, every three days, a group of three cardinals is selected to decide all the executive decision that need to take place by the College of Cardinals.  Today that responsibility was given to Cardinals Rai, Monsengwo Pasinya and De Paolis.

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