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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.

Celebrating 110 birthday of Raoul Follereau, dedicated life to helping lepers

2013-08-17

On Saturday, August 17th, communities worldwide will celebrate the 110th birthday of late Frenchman Raoul Follereau, a man that dedicated his life to helping the sick, but especially those diagnosed with leprosy.   


Follereau was a journalist in pre-WWII France. While on an African safari, he discovered the plight many lepers faced. Upon his return to Europe he began his campaign to help them. 

Among his achievements is a foundation dedicated to helping people with leprosy around the world. He also lobbied intensely for greater help for these communities. His campaigning was vital in establishing a World Day for Leprosy at the United Nations

To mark his 110th birthday, the Vatican will issue special stamps in his honor, which will be available in November. In addition, his foundation has begun a movement to start his canonization process. 


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