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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 number of Catholics in the world continues to rise

2016-03-09

For every 100 people, 18 are Catholic. And that number continues to grow. The Vatican's most recent statistics show that from 2013 to 2014, there has been an increase of 18 million Catholics in the world. In total, worldwide, there are 1.2 billion.

Between 2005 and 2014, Africa was the continent with the most baptisms, which created a 41 percent increase of Catholics.

The number of priests has also increased by 9,000, creating a worldwide total of 416,000. In addition, the number of seminarians has increased by 2,500, creating a total of 117,000. The generational shift for priests continues to be a problem in Europe, where there are only 10 candidates per 100 priests. Meanwhile, Africa and Asia have 66 and 54 candidates for every 100.

The number of religious men have only slightly decreased, meanwhile, for religious women, the decline is more pronounced.

In 2005, there were 54,700 religious men, while in 2014, there were 54,500. In the same period, the number of religious women has dropped by 70,000, or about 10.2% less. Currently, there are 683,000.

In total, Christians, not only Catholics, make up 31.4% of the world's population, followed by Muslims with 23.2% and Hindus with 15% .


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