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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.

UN committee calls on Vatican to take clearer steps against sex abuse, to change Catholic doctrine

2014-02-05

The U.N. Committee for the Protection of the Child issued its conclusions to the Vatican report tackling sex abuse cases. The report asks the Holy See to take a tougher stance and clearer steps on the issue. But the commission undermined its efforts by asking the Vatican to reverse its teachings on abortion or homosexuality; something not likely to happen.

Another sore point is the committee's listed concern that, despite its influence within Catholic families, the Holy See has not adopted any global measures to prevent violence within families.

On the topic of sexual abuse, the U.N.-sanctioned committee cited many of the cases already made public, which lead John Paul II and Benedict XVI to strengthen efforts to protect minors.

In response, the Holy See issued a statement noting that they will review the report, but "regret to see in some points of the Concluding Observations an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.”

On the plus side, the committee welcomed the decision by Pope Francis to create a special commission to deal with sexual abuse cases at the hands of clergy, to work with local authorities to prosecute offenders, and to help victims.


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