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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.

Festive atmosphere takes over St. Peter's Square as pilgrims welcome the Pope


"I'm playing the guitar because I'm very excited about this Pope. He is exactly the person the Church needs right now.”

"I'm curious, I hope to see him, because he is newly elected. I hope that he will be a good Pope, a guide to other people and an example to humans, to children, for people who has suffered too much.”

"We are very happy and full of joy. It's truly a blessing to have this Pope. It's been great so far. He's showing his humility to the entire world.”

They came from all over the world. Some asked for the day off, some even slept here to get a good spot. Others didn't take it quite that far.

"We came as part of our class. But not everyone made out. Some didn't get up on time and they 're still sleeping. But that's ok, we are here representing them.”

"It is a very nice moment for me I'm here for the Pope I feel a strange feeling.”

They came to wish the Pope a good Pontificate and also to be part of history, as the first Latin American leads the Catholic Church.