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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.

What would saints say if we could interview them today?

2015-05-16

If St. Teresa of Avila could answer questions from reporters today, perhaps she would answer like this.

"When did you find your calling, when did you discover that you loved God?”
"As an adolescent, I realized I loved Him as I loved beauty, joy, and existence. I felt like I loved many other things: my body, my charm, my intelligence ... I loved Heaven and Earth.”

A new book contains theoretical interviews like this one, with revolutionary saints who founded religious orders.

FR. VITO MAGNO
Author, "Questions and Provocations: Impossible Interviews with Founders and Pioneers of the Consecrated Life”
"It was made to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Beyond the spiritual efforts that are being made, culturally there are still not many. Vatican Radio had these interviews and we have put them together in the book. And Vatican Publishing House has published them.”

There are 20 interviews with founders and pioneers of the consecrated life, including: St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis of Assisi, and Joan of Arc. Historians and experts have prepared the questions and come up with their responses.

CARD. ANGELO COMASTRI
Vicar General for Vatican City
"Clearly, giving these people a voice sends a message to everyone. It says: 'Pay attention, these are the people who have achieved things and led full lives. This is why it is interesting to interview them.”

The volume also includes a real interview, one of the final ones that Mother Teresa did just two months before her death.


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