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Names of archbishops to receive pallium from Pope Francis

June 28, 2017. On June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis will bless the palliums of the Metropolitan Archbishops. This year, 36 have been appointed. The list is as followed
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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.

Key Points that Define Pope Francis' first 100 days in office

2013-06-21

CLOSENESS
"A professor asked me, 'Why don't you go and live in the Apostolic Palace?' I replied: Because I have a psychiatric condition'! That's just my personality.”


Pope Francis tries to be close to all the pilgrims who flock to Rome. During Mass and audiences, he spends a great deal of time with them, greeting them and blessing them. He says doesn't want to live in the Papal apartments, so he can live among the people, with the Curia. Without a doubt his public audiences in St. Peter's Square are always packed.


FREEDOM
"When I Confess someone... Well, right now I can't do that, because I can't go out to administer Confession...You can't really go out.  This is another problem.”
 

The Pope loves to improvise. He loves to joke around and greet those who comes his way. Staying at Santa Marta allows him to schedule informal visits. He even jokes about sneaking out of the Vatican to administer Confession.

CHURCH
"And when we find apostles who want to build a rich Church and a Church without the gratuitousness of praise, the Church becomes old, the Church becomes an NGO, the Church becomes lifeless.”


One of the new customs introduced by Pope Francis is his Mass at the Vaticans Casa Santa Marta. Every morning, the Pope gives a brief homily. He explains the day's Gospel and his catechesis sends a clear message about how the Pope thinks the Church should act and how Christians should behave.

CONTINUITY
"Thank you for the humbleness you've shown during your Pontificate. You are a  great example of kindness.”


The Pope's speeches have been described as very powerful. The words he uses and his message are very direct. Despite his unique style, his Magisterium follows that of his predecessors. He often cites Benedict XVI, John Paul II and Paul VI.


OUTSKIRTS
"This can be dangerous. We close ourselves inside our parishes, with our friends, our associations, with the ones who share our own ideas... but you know what happens? When the Church is closed it weakens, it weakens.”


One of the most striking aspects Pope Francis showed during the start of his pontificate is his inclination for those in need. He shows a deep interest for the sick, the poor, children and the disadvantaged.  He asks all Christians to actively engage in helping all those who live at the 'outskirts of society'.


REFORMS
"I would love to have a poor Church. A Church for the poor”!

Before his election, cardinal Bergoglio often underlined the need for a more simplified Curia, that could assist dioceses around the world. It's an issue that was discussed among Cardinals before the Conclave. As Pope, he decided to appoint a commission of eight cardinals to reform the Curia and the way it governs the Church.  The commission will have its first official meeting in October. It will advise the Pope about how reforms can be put into practice, precisely to put in effect a new more effective model. 

The first 100 days of his pontificate have been intense. They have been a reflection of the impulse and strength he wants to govern the Church with.


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