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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 Francis: There is no room in the Church for priests who abuse children

2015-02-05

Pope Francis insisted on zero tolerance against abuse and explained how bishops should investigate complaints. The key, he said, is to be close to the victims. 

In a letter sent to the presidents of episcopal conferences and superiors of religious orders, Francis wrote, "Pastors and those in charge of religious communities should be available to meet with victims and their loved ones; such meetings are valuable opportunities for listening to those who have greatly suffered and for asking their forgiveness.”

Francis said that families have the right to communicate their concerns to the Church "because it is quote a safe place.” He added that they must not hide complaints.

"Consequently, priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors,” wrote the Pope.

He asked them for "generosity and rigor,” and said it they had a"duty to humbly acknowledge and repair past injustices.”

The letter notes that the episcopal conferences must submit to the Vatican guidelines for action against abuse, and asks them to cooperate with the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors.


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