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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.

Chapter General for Legionaries of Christ begins Wednesday

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Wednesday, January 8, will the start of a new, decisive chapter for the Legionaries of Christ. After three years revising their charism, they must approve a new constitution and choose new leadership to effectively put an end to the era of founder Marcial Maciel.

The Vatican's papal delegate Velasio de Paolis convoked the Chapter in October. He oversees the Legion since July 2010, after the Vatican uncovered the scandalous double life Maciel led.

Their meetings will begin on January 8 with a Mass at the congregation's headquarters in Rome. Sixty-one priests will take part in the Chapter General. Nearly two-thirds of them were elected to represent their territories.

During the first few sessions, Velasio de Paolis will present his report on the Legionaries of Christ. The next people to speak will be Sylvester Heereman, acting general director, as well as the territorial directors. Elections for the new general director will begin on January 20.

The Order was founded on January 3, 1941, in Mexico. Their goal is to "extend the Kingdom of God in society, according to the demands of Christian charity and justice.” They have over 2,800 members, across 22 countries.

The new leadership will dictate what path the Legionaries of Christ will set on, in the coming years.


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