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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.

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.

Peace in Colombia: “ If we do not reconcile, we are building upon sand”


Since 2012, the Colombian government has been negotiating with FARC in order to put an end to 50 years of violence and bloodshed.

President, Episcopal Conference of Colombia
"The population is biased but not towards peace, rather on what are the best paths. For some the path of a military response is still valid. For others the path of dialogue is better. This brings about a very strong discussion.”

The conflict in Colombia is one of the longest and bloodiest in recent history. Fighting between the government, paramilitary groups and FARC due to drug trafficking has left over 6 million victims dead.

In an effort to foster reconciliation, the Church is helping the government organize meetings between victims and the negotiation table. 

President, Episcopal Conference of Colombia
"I think it has been very positive for the victims, who were able to express energetically, not only the pain but also the will to forgive and reconcile. And on the negotiation table, both Guerrilla and State, there is the recognition of the Guerrilla who have done many bad things. The State as well has recognized that they did things they shouldn't have done to defend the population.”

Small groups of 12 victims of the FARC, paramilitary or government actions are brought to the negotiation table. 

President, Episcopal Conference of Colombia
"The goal is that the will to not only forgive, but to ask forgiveness emerges in Colombian society, as well as the will for reconciliation. If we do not reach a lasting reconcliation, we are building on sand.”

The president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia stressed that the Church is not a mediator between the government and FARC. His role, he said, was to foster forgiveness and reconciliation. This foundation allows for people to once again dream of a fruitful future for Colombia.