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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.

Court sides with Knights of Columbus over Jesus statue on public land

2015-11-06

In the 1950s, the Knights of Columbus built a memorial to American soldiers who died in World War II. The statue depicts Jesus and was built on Big Mountain in Montana.

It's become a cultural landmark, and it's known as "Big Mountain Jesus.”

The Knights received permission from the government to keep the statue there, and they have maintained it for decades. 

In 2012, an organization called the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued to have the statue permanently removed. This came after tens of thousands of people voiced their support for the statue after the Knights' permit was almost not renewed.

The Knights of Columbus, supported by an organization called the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, defended the memorial.

The following year, a lower court ruled in favor of the Knights. However, the others appealed the ruling.

And just recently, the higher court once again ruled in favor of the statue. Because of its cultural and historical importance, it can remain on the mountain. The Knights plan to keep maintaining it for decades to come.


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