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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 is the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady?

2015-08-15

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady is celebrated every August 15th. The Church remembers Mary's death and passage into eternal life.

Years back, Pope Benedict XVI explained that it's a feast about the future that invites Christians to believe in the power of the Resurrection.

POPE BENEDICT XVI
August 16, 2011
"It is a mystery of hope and joy for all of us. In Mary, one can see the goal of all of those who have joined their lives to Jesus.”

Two years ago, Pope Francis celebrated the day at Castel Gandolfo. Last year, it took place during his papal visit to South Korea.

Mary's Assumption was proclaimed dogma in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. Dogma is a belief that is considered a truth of the faith, revealed by God in Scripture or contained in tradition. It can also be proposed by the Church as truly revealed by God.

Although this particular dogma is recent, the Feast of the Assumption has been celebrated for centuries. Festivities were held in honor of Our Lady under different names.


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