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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's First Encyclical: Lumen Fidei, an instant hit in downloads and in bookstores

2013-07-23

Pope Francis is topping the charts on the internet and in bookstores. His first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei”, or "The Light of Faith”, has surprised the market since its launch at the beginning of July. On the Amazon website, for example, it features in the top 100 downloads in Spanish and French.     

In Italian bookstores, the book topped the charts right after it was published. That's according to this specialist website, that tracks sales in media products. 

The encyclical is 100 pages long and is an ideal follow-up to those written by Pope Benedict XVI on charity and hope. Pope Francis himself stated that the text was started by his predecessor, and that all he had to do was revise it and make a few personal contributions. The result is a surely historic document, perhaps the only encyclical ever to be written by two Popes.


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