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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.

The Pope writes to the children: “As a child, I would dance as a form of expressing joy”

2016-02-26

Pope Francis, what did you want to be when you were eight-years-old, like me? Asked Basia, a Polish girl and the Pope responds:

I must confess one thing. At your age, I wanted to be a butcher. I went with my grandmother to the market and noticed a friendly butcher. He was big and fat and had a huge apron with a large pocket. It was full of money and I thought he was super rich.

Conversations like these can be found in 'L'amore del mondo' or 'Dear Pope Francis,'where Pope Francis responds to letters written by children from around the world.

Eight-year-old, Tom from Great Britain asks a question:
"What was the most difficult choice you made in your mission?”

The Pope replied:
"To say goodbye to someone. I like to trust people, people that are closest to me like collaborators. I feel bad if I have to let someone go, but sometimes it must be done for the good of all.”

Six-year-old, Prajla from Albania asks, "when you were little, did you like to dance?"

-”I loved it! I liked being with other children and going out to dance our typical Argentinian dances. And the tango. Dancing is expressing joy and happiness. Dance when you are young because those who don't tend to be too serious when they get older.”

It's not the first time that Pope Francis speaks directly to children. He has listened and responded to their curious questions on many occasions. This happened at the beginning of his pontificate in the Vatican.

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- "But you, do you want to be Pope?"
- "But you know that a person who wants to be Pope, does not love himself, God will not bless him. I did not want to be Pope.”

And then this happened in his recent trip to Mexico.

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"Keep being creative, keep it up, looking for the beauty, the good things, the things that last forever and never be trampled by anyone. Is that clear?"

This book will forever leave its imprint on childhood curiosities and the Pope's responses to them.

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