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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.

Idomeni: hiding in shame, as Europe closes its doors on refugees fleeing war

2016-03-10

Neither the sea, nor cold, nor the long hours on foot or indifference can stop a father who seeks the best for his child. Even though, he has to carry him. It is a reality that this Syrian family is facing. 

AMIR MOUSTAFA
Syrian refugee
"It’s a difficult situation. I want to get him treatment, as soon as possible. He is my only son.” 
 
After arriving in Greece, they have hit a wall, with a closed Macedonian border and a threat that the European Union might deport them to Turkey. They say they will not hold out for long in  Idomeni, because the conditions are deplorable.

AHLAM RAJI RASHID
Syrian refugee
"What am I to do? I don’t have a solution. I don’t have a solution. How will I get him treatment? I’ll wait, I’ll wait. Four, five days and then I’ll go back to Syria. If I stay here waiting in the tents, my son won’t be able to handle it. He cries a lot.”

UNHCR recalls that these people are not economic migrants but refugees fleeing wars that are far from resolved. And like this family, they are seeking a better future for their only child, who is seriously ill.

UNICEF warns that it is essential to protect the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable like,  Alan.

SARA CROWE
UNICEF
"The fundamental principal of ‘do no harm’ must apply every step of the way. This means that first and foremost, children’s rights to claim international protection should be guaranteed, children should not be returned if they face risks such as – and including detention, forced recruitment, trafficking and exploitation.” 

The UN has warned that blocking returning refugees is prohibited. The European Union could go against international treaties on human rights as the Geneva Convention of 1951 and the 1967 Protocol did relating to the Status of Refugees and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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