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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.

Vatican to send $3.5 million to African countries affected by Ebola

2015-01-08

The Ebola epidemic is far from being over. More than 8,000 people have already died in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia since its outbreak in December 2013.

Health professionals are particularly exposed to this virus, since its transmitted through physical contact. So far, 10% of Sierra Leone's doctors have lost their lives after assisting infected people. A percentage that would mean losing 64,000 doctors in the United States and 19,000 in Spain.

In a document, the Vatican Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace echoes the high rate of deaths among health professionals. In the text, it also asks international community to keep helping tackle the epidemic.

The document announced that the Vatican is sending a "financial contribution” of $3.5 million to help the most hardly hit countries. This money will be used to assist families and train residents on how to prevent the propagation of the virus.

In Monrovia, Liberia's capital, international volunteers explain locals why is important to follow hygienic and other prevention measures at all times. The lack of proper information can lead to taking for Ebola some other disease.

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"I came and saw the child and the child was very dry. You could count all of the rib bones, all of the backbones. So she thought it was Ebola but I said no, ma'am it is not Ebola, it is malnourished.” 

International NGOs and the Catholic Church continue to respond to all the health needs overshadowed by the Ebola outbreak. Due to their weak national health systems, countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia suffer a high rate of malnutrition and infant mortality.

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