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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.

Pope Francis listed as candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize

2014-03-05

Pope Francis was shortlisted for a Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Institute in Norway announced his name is one of 278 candidates total.

In his public appearances, Pope Francis constantly makes repeated calls for peace. But perhaps his best known gesture was the prayer vigil for peace in Syria. Thousands responded to his plea and packed St. Peter's Square.

Other big names on the list include Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two met in November, though it was before the breakout of tensions in Ukraine.

The 278 candidates are made up of individuals, as well as institutions. Other recognizable names on the list are Edward Snowden, and young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

In the coming months, the Nobel Committee will narrow down the list, and scrutinize the candidates between March and August. They'll announce the winner in October. If awarded, Pope Francis would be the first Pope ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.


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