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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.

Check out what the Pope's doing this week!

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Following his trip to Naples, the Pope has no public events on Monday or Tuesday.

But on Wednesday, he'll preside over the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to attend.

On the same day, the Vatican will hold a press conference about the Shroud of Turin's extraordinary new exhibition. It will take place from April 19 to June 24 this year. 

Pope Francis personally announced that on June 21 he will go on pilgrimage to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud.

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November 5, 2014
"I'm happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21st of next year, I will go on a pilgrimage to Turin, to venerate the Holy Shroud and to honor St. John Bosco, in the 200th anniversary since his birth.”

According to tradition, the Shroud rested on the body of Christ after the crucifixion. The last time it was shown was in 2010. Pope Benedict XVI venerated it in the Cathedral of Turin for that occasion.

On Sunday, March 29, the Pope will preside over the Palm Sunday celebration in St. Peter's Square. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended.

After the ceremony, Pope Francis will pray the Angelus at noon.


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