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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.

Will the next President of the United States be Catholic?

2015-06-16

On Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced what everyone already knew: He will seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

Bush is now part of a long list of Republican presidential hopefuls. Interestingly, quite a few of those contenders are Roman Catholic. It's possible that by 2017, the United States could have its first Catholic president in more than 50 years

Here is a quick glance at the Catholic contenders. 

Jeb Bush converted to Roman Catholicism, his wife's faith, in 1994. Bush recently said that "I loved the absolute nature of the Catholic Church.” 

Another top-tier candidate is Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American who was baptized Catholic and attended Mormon services as a child. He was married in the Catholic Church and today considers himself a practicing Catholic.

In addition to Bush and Rubio, there are several other Catholic Republicans who political handicappers consider less likely to win.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who finished second in the 2012 Republican primary, is known as an outspoken and devout Catholic. He officially entered the Republican field last month.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not yet announced, but he is expected to enter the race. He has spoken about the importance of his faith several times and said he considers Archbishop John Myers "a dear friend.”

Also likely to enter the race is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. An Indian-American, he converted to Catholicism from Hinduism in what he called a "very intellectual-based journey.”

While most of the Catholics running for president are Republicans, there is still at least one Catholic Democratic candidate.  

Hillary Clinton, a Methodist, is heavily favored to win the Democratic nomination. But a long-shot challenger, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, is Roman Catholic.


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