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Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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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.

Cuba pardons 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope's visit

2015-09-11

The Cuban Council of State will pardon more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the island nation, according to Cuba's state run news agency, Granma.

The Cuban government pardoned 200 prisoners ahead of Pope John Paul II's 1998 trip. Another 400 were pardoned when Pope Benedict XVI came in 2012.

Many of those being released are over 60-years-old, under 20-years-old, chronically ill, women, and those set for parole in 2016. Some foreigners may also be freed.

With a few exceptions for humanitarian reasons, most of the prisoners granted pardons did not commit crimes such as robbery, slaughter of cattle, or murder.

The decision will take effect within three days, and the government will work with other governments to coordinate the release of foreign prisoners.

It is likely that other concessions will come from Pope Francis' visit to Cuba. 

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