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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 issues decree to fight against money laundering

2013-08-08

In a papal decree, Pope Francis issued new measures to fight against money laundering, and the financing of terrorist organizations. The measures would directly apply to all Vatican departments that deal with monetary activity. 

The decree, known as 'Motu Propio' follows the steps that were taken by Benedict XVI during his papacy. Part of the goal, is to get the Vatican into the so called 'white list' of countries that are in good standing with the Europe's anti- money laundering agency, known as 'Moneyval.' 

Under these measures, the Pope also gives the Vaticans Financial Information Authority, the power to supervise all Vatican departments where financial transactions are made. Up until now, its main function was limited to supervising the Vatican Bank.

In addition, the Pope also approved a new Financial Security Committee, so it can prevent and counteract  any type of money laundering, financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The committee will be chaired by American Msgr. Brian Wells, who serves as the general affairs adviser in the Vaticans Secretariat of State. The committee's secretary will be Rene Bruelhart, a  lawyer from Switzerland, who is also the director of the Financial Information Authority. The new regulations will take effect on August 10th, 2013.


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