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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.

Pope meets with president of European Parliament, ahead of his visit to Strasburg

2014-10-30

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, met with Pope Francis in a private gathering, just weeks before his coming visit to Strasbourg. 

The Pope is scheduled to speak before members of Europe's Parliament on November 25th. During this Vatican meeting, they finalized the last details. 

Massive immigration in the Mediterranean and high rates of youth unemployment are among the issues the Pope is expected to address. 

President Schulz introduced members of his delegation to Pope Francis. 

As a gift, he gave each one of them a rosary. 

John Paul II was the last Pontiff to speak before the European Parliament back in1988. The Pope's visit will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall


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