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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.

Boko Haram kidnaps 60 more women and girls in Nigeria

2014-06-24

Notorious terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped another 60 young women and girls from a small town in northern Nigeria. During their latest assault, reports indicate they may have also kidnapped 30 young men and killed others.

The extremist group, linked to Al-Qaeda, mainly operates in the African country's northern region. It aims to impose an Islamic state.

On April 14, its members kidnapped about 270 girls from a largely Christian school. A video, released a few weeks later, showed the girls in headscarves. The group demands a prison exchange in order to set them free.

Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Sheku, appears in the video claiming the girls converted to Islam. Several of the girls escaped and told horrifying stories of their ordeal.

The extremist group also threatened to sell the girls. It's believed some may have already been trafficked in the border areas with Chad and Cameroon.

The Vatican appealed for the girls' release, while the Pope did so through Twitter. Nigerian bishops have criticized authorities for being too passive in allowing the girls to be kidnapped, without leaving a trace.


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