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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.

Jubilee Year of Mercy: St. Peter's Square will become an open air confessional for one day

2015-09-09

The Sacrament of Confession will be one of the main pillars of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In fact, three parishes near the Vatican will have priests available to administer Confession in many languages

On April 23rd, which will mark the Jubilee for teenagers, there will be a special event right in the heart of the Vatican. 

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA
Jubilee Organizer
"During the Jubilee for the youth, St. Peter's Square will be transformed into a huge open air confessional. We decided to carry this out to emphasize just how much the Pope is highlighting the importance of confession, of forgiveness and mercy.” 

Millions of pilgrims are expected to walk through the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, as a sign of spiritual renewal. As part of that process, they will walk along Via della Conciliazione to prepare their hearts and minds. 

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA
Jubilee Organizer
"The pilgrimage will be about 2500 feet from Castel Sant'Angelo to the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica. The pilgrimage will be set, so pilgrims will have to let us know that they're coming beforehand, so we can include them in the prayer and meditation. It's a pilgrimage to show one's commitment to renew the faith and to become a witness of mercy.” 

The Jubilee Year of Mercy will run from December 8 to November 20th, 2016. Millions of people are expected to take part in Rome and abroad. 


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