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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.

Canonization date of John Paul II and John XXIII expected on Monday

2013-09-29

Monday September 30th: Thats the date when Pope Francis is expected to announce exactly when John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints of the Catholic Church. So far, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has only said that they will both be canonized on the same date. The Congregation also said that the ceremony will take place in 2014, but it really hasnt given any more details.   


Interestingly, the person who has revealed the most is the Pope himself. On board his papal flight from Brazil to Rome, he told journalists that the canonization date will most likely be on Sunday April 27th, which marks the feast day of Divine Mercy. Ample time is also needed to work with local authorities, to they can plan accordingly for the hundreds of thousands of people who are expected to travel to Rome. 

In the case of John XXIII, who convened the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis waved the requirement of a second miracle, which means he will be declared a saint, despite the fact that he only one official miracle attributed to his intercession. 

As far as John Paul II, a French nun who was cured from Parkinson's disease led to his beatification. His upcoming canonization involves the case of a Costa Rican woman who was cured through the intercession of the Polish Pope, after suffering a cerebral aneurism. She was cured on May 1, 2011, the same day John Paul II was beatified. 

At first it was believed that the canonization ceremony would take place in the winter of 2013, but Pope Francis said that would be too problematic for Polish pilgrims who have to bear the country's heavy winter to travel to Rome. 


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