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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

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.

President of Honduras meets with Pope. Statue of country's Patroness unveiled


Pope Francis welcomed the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo to the Vatican. During their brief meeting they talked about their collaboration in areas like health care, education, the defense of life and the family. Both state leaders also talked about the problem of organized crime.   

The president was accompanied by his delegation and his family. The atmosphere was very relaxed and even the president's son asked the Pope for his blessing.

As a gift, the president gave the Pope an image of Our Lady of Suyapa, who is also the patroness of the country. In fact, hours before their meeting a permanent statue of the Honduran patroness was unveiled in the Vatican Gardens. The statue is a replica of an original housed in the country's capital. 

"Thank you for your gift of Our Lady of Suyapa.” 

The Pope gave the president a copy of the document of Aparecida, which he personally worked on as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. 

'….The Aparecida document is key for any politician. You don't have to read it all, start off with the index.' 

So now the Vatican Gardens house two Latin American sculptures of Our Lady. The first, Our Lady of Guadalupe, from Mexico. Now, Our Lady of Suyapa, the patroness of Honduras.