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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.

Iraqi Christian politician: The Islamic State can't take away Christ

2014-10-20

The winter in Kurdistan is unforgiving. Year after year, temperatures drop below zero. But now, with hundreds of thousands of refugees- that winter could prove deadly. The refugees were forced to flee from the Islamic State, now many  don't have a roof over their heads. 

Anwar Matti Hadayi is one of them. He is Christian. Fearing for his life he and his family fled their hometown of Qaraqosh, when ISIS terrorist arrived. 

ANWAR MATTI HADAYA
Nineveh Provincial Council Member
"Before invading Nineveh, where all minorities lived, the Islamic State army, attacked the Sinjar Mountain, which is home to Yazidis. They killed all the men, kidnapped the women and destroyed all their properties.”

One of the Iraq's largest Christian community was Nineveh. For centuries they lived there. Now despite the danger and possible persecution, many are willing to go back. It's not just about a home, but about history and roots.

ANWAR MATTI HADAYA
Nineveh Provincial Council Member
"Terrorists from the Islamic State attacked Nineveh and bombed Quaraqosh, which is the largest Christian city in the region. Fifty thousands Christians fled. Five days later when the attacks stopped, many returned to their homes.” 

Even though Christians have seen brutal murders and persecution, thousands are staying strong in their faith.  

ANWAR MATTI HADAYA
Nineveh Provincial Council Member
"As Christians, we believe in Christ Our Savior and in His Mother, Our Lady. There, we find our strength to carry on. As Christians we left because we knew they would have imposed Islam, but it's precisely our faith that gives us strength and patience to face these hard times.”

Now he's asking the international community to work together so that refugees can go back home safely.  He also calls on Christians to individually support their fellow Christians in the Middle East, before things get worse. 


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