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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

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.

Check out what the Pope is doing this week!


One of the busiest times of the year for the Pope is about to begin: Holy Week. Since his schedule is so packed this week, the Pope will not preside over his usual morning mass at Casa Santa Marta.

On Wednesday, April 1st, the Pope will have his weekly the general audience in St. Peter's Square. Thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are expected to attend.

Pope Francis will preside over the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Holy Thursday. That's when he will bless the holy oils. Later that day, he will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper in a prison, where he will wash the feet of several inmates.

On Good Friday, the Pope will preside over the celebration of the Passion at St. Peter's Basilica. He will participate in the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum that evening.

Pope Francis will also lead the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. In one of the most powerful moments of Holy Week, the Pope will preside over the Liturgy of Light in a completely dark St. Peter's Basilica.

The final event of the Pope's busy week will be Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. It will conclude with him giving the Urbi et Orbi blessing.