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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
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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.

Modern Day Slavery: Helping one victim at a time

2015-05-28

It's an issue so overwhelming, it's often difficult to grasp. The numbers are staggering and human trafficking seems to affect every corner of the world. Here are the voices and the faces of those who've lived the tragedy...and survived. 

From housekeepers to prostitutes, there's an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today. 

"It's like, I'm in prison because they don't allow me to go outside, by myself.”

According to the United Nations, an estimated 80 percent of the victims are sexually exploited.  Roughly 18 percent are victims of forced labor. 

One of the goals of this video released by Catholic Charity Caritas along with members of COATNET, is to get the word out and start to help. 

COATNET stands for Christian Organizations Against Human Trafficking of Human Beings.  
Sometimes it's a matter of simply knowing that victims can reclaim their human dignity. 


"You become an object. You become something. You become something, like you can make money from gold, tomatoes, apples and fruits. You can make it from human beings.” 

Through COATNET's website, there's info on how and where survivors can reach out for help. It also gives tips for communities to work together and fight modern day slavery. 

From targeting the root cause of poverty to anti-trafficking laws. These are among the goals of COATNET. Even though the task can be overwhelming, progress is being made, one case at a time. 



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