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Names of archbishops to receive pallium from Pope Francis

June 28, 2017. On June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis will bless the palliums of the Metropolitan Archbishops. This year, 36 have been appointed. The list is as followed
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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.

Check out what the Pope's doing this week!

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It's Christmas at the Vatican! And the most important events of the week will focus on the birth of Jesus Christ.

On Monday, December 21st, Pope Francis will greet cardinals and the Roman Curia for his traditional presentation of Christmas greetings. 

On December 24th, Pope Francis will celebrate Midnight Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to mark Christ's birth. It is one of the most important Masses of the year.

Of course, the following day is Christmas. The Pope will appear on the central balcony in St. Peter's Square at noon. He'll deliver the traditional "Urbi et Orbi” blessing to pilgrims who gather to see him.

On Saturday, the day after Christmas, Pope Francis will lead the Angelus prayer at noon to mark the Feast of St. Stephen.

The following day, he will celebrate a Mass to mark the Jubilee of the Family. Families in attendance will walk through the Holy Door together.

And as he usually does, Pope Francis will finish his week with the Angelus prayer from the window of the study in the Apostolic Palace. Thousands of pilgrims will join him in St. Peter's Square.


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