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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.

Mass collection for Good Friday will help Christians in the Holy Land



Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches
“We have a duty to help them. The Christians there are the heirs to the history of the Church, not only in Israel and Palestine, but in all of the Middle East.” 

The Holy Land is the birthplace to Jesus and the first Christian communities. However, nearly 2,000 years later, their day to day lives are under pressure. 

Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches 
“We have a greater duty of solidarity, a duty to say we are here to support you, so that the holy sites can be looked after, so they can be visited and maintained.” 

The additional economic help will not only help preserve these historic monuments, but also help maintain Christian communities in the birthplace of Christianity. 

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