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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.

What's the Pope doing this summer? Check it out

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Traditionally Popes limit their public engagements during July and August. They often retreat to Castel Gandolfo, which is about 15 miles from the Vatican and is an ideal place to avoid the harsh summer heat in Rome. 

Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI often went there to rest. But Pope Francis is a bit different. He likes to stay at the Vatican.

FR. GUILLERMO KARCHER
Pontifical Ceremonies
"He rests in his own way. But he doesn't go on vacation if that's the fundamental question. He doesn't understand the concept of vacation and he sympathizes with many people, especially these days, who can't go on vacation, so this should also be taken into account.”

In fact, Pope Francis hasn't spent a single night in Castel Gandolfo, not even after an exhausting trip to Latin America. His aids say that the trip didn't seem to take a toll. 

FR. GUILLERMO KARCHER
Pontifical Ceremonies
"I moved over to him, I got close and asked, 'How are you?' And he was working. In Italian we would say 'fresco e pimpante.' That is, he really feels splendid, fit, and unfazed by the time change, or the temperature, or the long hours on planes."


The Pope will resume his general audiences in August and in September he is expected to resume his full schedule. In the meantime, he will spend a good portion of his time seeing people in private and preparing for his next commitments, especially his trip to Cuba and the United States



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