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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
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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.

Helping elderly sisters, brothers and Order priests retire

2014-12-13

They spent a lifetime teaching in schools, mentoring students and working for little to no pay. Years have passed...now thousands of these Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests are elderly and retired. The problem is many don't have enough funds to foot the price tag that comes with retirement. 

"Back then we didn't earn much. But seeing a child learn was really priceless.”

Rising health-care costs, declining income and insufficient retirement savings have contributed to this reality. That's where the Retirement Fund for Religious comes in. Through donations it helps religious communities care for their senior members. It's a way to give to those who gave for years. 

"One year I had a classroom of 68 children.”

"I was chaplain for the ice hockey team and loved it, even the 6.30 am practices.”

In 2013, out of 590 religious communities in the U.S, only 45 were equipped with enough retirement funding. Furthermore, the yearly cost of health care for 35,000 women and men religious over the age of 70, rose to 1.2 billion dollars. By the year 2024, it's estimated that in the U.S, religious over the age of 70, will outnumber those younger than 70, four to one. 

National collections will be held in most American Catholic parishes on December 13th and 14th.  

For more information, visit www.retiredreligious.org 


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