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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

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.

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.

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.

Meeting of Popular Movements concludes: “The system puts profits above human beings”


The first World Meeting of Popular Movements promoted by the Pope has concluded. 

The 150 leaders representing marginalized groups from around the world released a final document after three days of dialogue and debates. 

They denounced the so-called "hijacked democracies” as systems that "place profits above human beings.” They also said that "the excluded, the oppressed, and the poor” should have a greater role in politics. 

Using Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium as a foundation, the representatives of the world's poorest groups resolved to work together against the throwaway culture. 

They also spoke on the degradation of environment due to irresponsible exploitation of natural services for money. 

Rural Workers Without Land (Brazil)
"One percent of landowners are owners of half the country. And on the other side, there are 4 million families without land that cannot work because there is no land in such a big country.”

During their meetings, they also confronted questions such as the situation of unjustly paid workers or those without contracts, the homeless and those forced out of their homes

Plataforma Afectados por la Hipoteca (Spain)
"There are cases that have come to a tragic situation, even close to suicide.”

Argentinian Federation of Recyclers (Argentina)
"For us recyclers, the only thing that all countries must do is formally recognize us as workers.”

The participants expressed their commitment in creating a permanent area of dialogue with the Church and to spread two messages: A "Letter from the excluded to the excluded” and the message pronounced by Pope Francis during the meeting.