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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.

Zambian Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe passed away at 81

2013-08-30

Eighty-one-year-oldZambian Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe passed away on August 29 at the parish where he preached most of his life, and where he announced he would retire from the Diocese of Lusaka, when he turned 75.   

Cardinal Mazombwe was the first Zambian-born cardinal. Benedict XVI crated him cardinals during the consistory in 2010. However, he was unable to take part in the conclave that elected Pope Francis because he had already turned 80. 

In Zambia, he was active in establishing social, education and health centers. He also strengthened Catholic institutions through the country. 

With Cardinal Mazombwe's death, there are now 201 members in the College of Cardinals; of which 112 are papal electors, while the other 89 are over the age of 80 and are no longer eligible to vote in a conclave. 


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