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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.

One of the Antarctic's few priests departs

2015-09-05

More than half a century ago, the Catholic Church in New Zealand sent a priest to Antarctica to celebrate Mass and provide support for researchers and other workers. The tradition went on for decades, with different priests spending the summer months at the base.

The arrangement was made possible because the Church worked with the National Science Foundation, an American government agency that manages the U.S. mission in Antarctica. A nondenominational chapel was even built, and it is known as the Chapel of the Snows.

But for years, budgets have declined. Fewer people work at the base, and less people were attending Mass or seeking help from the priests.

The NSF recently announced that it had come to an agreement with the priest who coordinated the Antarctic ministry, and that priests would no longer be deployed there.

But the few Catholics who remain won't be totally out of luck. According to the National Science Foundation, the Catholic community "will continue to be served by U.S. Air Force Catholic chaplains.”


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