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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 Francis convenes the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

2015-08-10

Pope Francis has established a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It will be celebrated on September 1st every year.

The Pope was partly inspired by the Orthodox Church, which has celebrated a prayer day for the environment for years.

In a letter announcing the holiday, Pope Francis said that it "will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our orthodox brothers.”

With this new day of prayer, Pope Francis is making a new call for "ecological conversion.” He wants Christians to help improve the environment and humanity in general. In the letter, he recalled his words in "Laudato Si”: that protecting the environment "is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”

The letter was sent to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinals Turkson and Koch. Pope Francis asked Turkson to make sure all episcopal conferences and international organizations were aware of the new prayer day. He said he wants to ensure that "this annual celebration becomes a powerful moment of prayer, reflection, conversion and the adoption of appropriate life styles.”

The Pope asked Cardinal Koch to involve other Christian denominations, so that the new prayer day "can become the sign of a path along all believers in Christ walk together.”

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