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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.

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.

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.

Discover the Roman and Byzantine empires with a new app called TECHCOOLTOUR


The Roman and Byzantine empires helped shape Europe as it is today. But what traces remain of the people who lived in Europe more than a thousand years ago?

This is Tech Cool Tour. It is what they call a 'cross-media platform', since it includes a mobile device app, but also a website and a booklet. With it, everyone can experience both a virtual and an on-site visit to two itineraries that explore 44 archaeological sites across the ancient Roman and Byzantine empires. 

The first virtual tour is inspired by ancient Roman history and civilization. It begins in northern Italy, near Venice, and follows the same routes the Romans used all the way to the Balkans. 

The second route focuses on Byzantine history in Italy. Stops in this virtual tour include Ravenna and its beautiful mosaics, Venice and the Croatian coast. 

But what makes this project special is that it is completely based on AR, or 'augmented reality'. From wherever they are, users can take the tour 'virtually' on their devices. But if they actually visit the sites, they can just point their phone or tablet computer at various key points, and 3D reconstructions show the sites as they were in ancient times, also providing lots of useful info and pictures. 

Creators of Tech Cool Tour say this is just the start of a much bigger project. Their goal is to create multimedia platforms that will make all of Europe's archaeological heritage available to everyone... everywhere.