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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.

The aftermath of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

2014-08-28

After weeks of conflict, a ceasefire has been reached between Israel and Palestine. While leaders on both sides of the conflict claim victory, residents in Gaza see it differently.


Over 2,200 Palestinians have died during the 50 day war, leaving survivors with nothing but mounds of rubble that was once their homes. 


Like many in Gaza, the town of Shujai'yeh has been devastated, leaving over 100,000 people homeless.


TAISEER KHAMEES HASSAN

Gaza Resident

"In the midst of shelling, we can't sit, or walk, or drink water.  While the bombs hit during the day and night, we couldn't sleep, we always had our children on our laps.” 


The war's aftermath has taken its toll on families, especially children, leaving them with horrific memories of the attacks. Local residents have taken shelter in this school, still shaken by the conflict.



MARIAM AHMAD AL MASRI

Gaza Resident

"The children lose control of themselves, they get scared at night. I tell the children, don't be afraid honey."


ASEEL NABEEL ABU SHANAB

"We were kicked out from our house, and a missile hit our house, on my bed, my books, and my bag. We sleep on the floor, we don't have mattresses, nor anything."



UNICEF and several Catholic charities have been providing water and hygiene kits to survivors, while working round the clock to restore critical water infrastructures damaged by missiles. A return to normal life for these victims of war, however, may take much longer.