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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.

Pope will celebrate public Mass nearly every Sunday in April and May

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On April 21, he returns to St. Peter's Basilica for a 9:30AM service, where he will ordain several priests. The following Sunday at St. Peter's Square, during a 10AM Mass he will confirm a group of young Catholics. 


For the month of May, the major liturgical celebrations will all take place at St. Peter's Square. 

His only planned event outside the Vatican is a rosary service at 6PM on Saturday, May 4 at the Basilica of St. Mary Major. The next day, on May 5, he will officiate a Mass at 10AM for confraternities, organizations of Catholic lay people. 

Sunday, May 12 will be one of the biggest events in his first months of his pontificate. Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass at 9:30AM, where he will canonize over 800 saints, including the first Colombian saint, Mother Laura, and Mexican nun Mother Lupita. 

His liturgical schedule will close off with the Pentecost celebrations. On Saturday, May 18, Pope Francis will lead the Pentecost Vigil with ecclesiastical movements at 6PM at the Square. The next day, on Sunday, the Pentecost Mass will take place at 10AM, also at St. Peter's Square. 


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