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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

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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.

U.S. Commission: Nigeria Islamists killed 12,000 people, attacked 50 Christian churches

2013-08-22

The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom, a non-partisan federal group, released a summary on sectarian violence at the hands of Islamist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.   

The summary report dates back to the start of 2012, and claims that the largely anti-Christian violence has killed about 12,000 people. But more tellingly, it also outlines attacks against Muslim leaders and critics, as well as state and private institutions. 

The USCIFR gathered the information from multiple sources, and said it only included the attacks claimed by the Boko Haram, so the impact, they added, could be even greater.The statistics are broken down into four sections. The first one summarizes some of the 50 attacks on Christian Churches. The report stated the Boko Haram will usually attack during services to maximize casualties. 

The second section details attacks on Christians in the past 19 months, including a bomb attack Kano state on July 30, one of the deadliest with at least 45 deaths

The third section also lists attacks on Muslim clerics and critics who have denounced the group. Lastly, the fourth section lists attacks on places and groups that the Boko Haram considers to be un-Islamic. They include attacks on people at bars or playing cards, as well as the November slaying of 20 women for wearing mini-skirts. 

The independent U.S. Commission urged the Nigerian government to "enforce the rule of law” and to strengthen the judicial system to try to the people responsible. The Boko Haram is recognized by many countries as a terrorist organization. They are mainly active in northern Nigeria, and fight to impose their interpretation of Shari’a in the region. 


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