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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 Francis reaches six million followers on Twitter

2013-04-29

On March 13, Pope Francis took over the papal account, and since then, the number of followers swelled to over six million.

The Pope has in all nine accounts, in various languages. The largest is the English-language account with 2,437,262 followers, followed by Spanish, which has seen the largest increase since Pope Francis' election, and could even surpass English. As of Monday afternoon, it had 2,155,737 followers.

The third largest account in in Italian, with 676,057 followers. It is followed by Portuguese with 278,780; French with 128,872; German with 99,718; Latin with 87,452; Polish with 80,812; and Arab with 55,437 followers.

Each week, since his election, Pope Francis has added on average about 60,000 followers. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the acceptance of the Latin account, which has been active since January 20 and has already surpassed two other widely used languages.


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