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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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As 2015 comes to an end, Pope Francis will sprint to the finish of what may have been the busiest year of his pontificate.

He will hold his final general audience of 2015 on December 30th. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to attend. If weather permits, he'll be outside in St. Peter's Square.

The Pope's final liturgical celebration of the year will be the traditional Te Deum prayer on December 31st. Celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica, it's a way for the Church to thank God for the year that is about to conclude.

On January 1st, he will celebrate Mass in the morning at St. Peter's Basilica. He will celebrate Mass again and open the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Mary Major that afternoon.

New Year's Day is also the World Day of Peace. This year, Pope Francis has said that his message for peace will focus on overcoming the "globalization of indifference.”

The week will come to a close when Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer for the window of his study in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, January 3rd. 


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