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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 in Angelus: I visited Sarajevo as a messenger of peace

2015-06-08

In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on his one day visit to Sarajevo. The 13 hour visit to the so called 'Jerusalem of the West' was intense and so was his message of peace, hope and inter-religious dialogue. 

POPE FRANCIS
"In recent history, the country turned into a symbol of destruction and war. Now it's in a beautiful process of reconciliation. Above all else that's why I visited: To encourage the path of peaceful co-existence among different people. It's a journey that's tiring and difficult, but it's possible. They are making it happen and doing it right.” 

The Pope thanked Bosnia-Herzegovina for its warm welcome. It's a country that's still recuperating from the wounds of war. Now different ethnicities and religions are trying to mend the broken pieces.  

POPE FRANCIS
"I particularly want to thank all the faithful, Orthodox, Muslims, Jews and other religious minorities. I appreciate the commitment towards collaboration and solidarity among these people who are of different religions.” 

In many countries the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated on Sunday. The Pope explained the significance of the celebration and the power of the Eucharist. 

POPE FRANCIS
"It's not only in anticipation of His Sacrifice on the Cross. It also encompasses an existence offered for the Salvation of humanity. Therefore, it's not enough to affirm that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. In It, one must recognize the presence of a life that was offered and one must take part in it.” 

Roughly 60,000 people attended the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square. As usual, the Pope asked them all to pray for him. 



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