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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
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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.

Ratzinger Prize awarded for first time to woman and to Polish theologian

2014-06-17

Joseph Ratzinger's contributions to Theology continue to have an impact in the field. One example is the Vatican's Joseph  Ratzinger Foudantion, which each year gives a Ratzinger Prize, also described as the Nobel of Theology.

MSGR. GIUSEPPE SCOTTI
President, Joseph Ratzinger Foundation 
"We award excellence, we award a lifetime of research and commitment to Theology. In other words, we award men and women who believe that speaking about God, that giving God to the world, is the greatest treasure we have.”

This year, for the first time, the award will be given to a woman, French professor Anne-Marie Pelletier, an expert in femininity in religion. She will share it with a first-ever Polish recipient, Fr. Waldemar Chrostowski.

The Pope emeritus is in constant contact with the foundation which bears his name, and follows their work closely.

CARD. CAMILIO RUINI
Joseph Ratzinger Foundation 
"The Pope emeritus is very discrete and allows us to choose the recipients. Even though, clearly, before making a decision, we always check with him first. Of course, he continues having an enormous interest in theological matters.” 

In addition to the award, the Foundation is busy promoting a college conference inspired by the teachings of Benedict XVI. It brings together delegates from over 100 universities around the world. This year, the conference will take place in the Colombian city of Medellin.

GERMAN CARDONA GUTIERREZ
Colombian Ambassador to the Holy See
"It's a pleasure to be here with you to present this event which, once again, recognizes and highlights the theological, academic and spiritual wealth of our respected Pope emeritus, whom we should always value for the strength of his values and the solidness of his arguments.”

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation was established in 2010. It aims to promote the study of the Pope emeritus' works and spirituality. To this day, he continues to be one of the most important theologians in the Church's modern history.


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