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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.

Global Humanitarian meeting at Vatican, experts looking for ideas on solidarity

2016-02-23

The Global Solidarity and Restoring Humanity event held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences took place on February 22, 2016, in the Vatican. This event brought together religious leaders and experts from all over the world to highlight their joint request to meet global humanitarian needs and concerns.
 
KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"We need everyone to recognize that this is more responsibility and it is also in our self-interest. At this level of fragility in the world, no more is somebody else' problem is just somebody else' problem. It has a global impact and we don't have to look any further than Europe to recognize the magnitude of this impact.”

The purpose of this event is found in exploring the bridges that inspire the unity and growth of governments, communities, civil groups and private companies to do more to reduce the injustices of human beings. 

Today, there are over 60 million people struggling and displaced by conflicts on a global scale. That amount of people marks the equivalent Italy's entire population.  

ERTHARIN COUSIN
World Food Programme, Executive Director
"What the Church... this Church and other faith leaders can provide is the catalyst that will drive that global public will that is necessary to ensure our ability to an entire global community to achieve humanitarian outcomes.”

Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis alike are growing at an even faster rate. In 2013, there were close to a thousand major natural disasters. 

FILIPPO GRANDI
UNHCR, High Commissioner 
"There was incredible comfort and pride when the Pope choose Lampedusa as his first trip. You know, that was a powerful message.”

With issues regarding Humanitarian Financing, the panel gives hopeful advice on how all of the society can work together to better deliver assistance to grant the needs of all people in need. 

KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"Last year the world has provided us $25 billion dollars for humanitarian actions. This generosity has never been so inefficient. The gap today is $15 billion dollars. And we believe that it is a solvable problem. We can mobilize resources from governments, from private sectors, and using more innovation in financing humanitarian actions to fill this gap.”

Despite the great generosity aimed at the aid of  humanitarian financing, these needs are still not close to being met. In fact, in Africa and the Middle East food rations have been cut down.  

The first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul in May 2016.


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