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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.

About the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos: This is like living in Guantánamo

2016-04-21

After the Pope's heartbreaking visit to Lesbos. The Moria refugee camp resumes its normal schedule

"Do you like living here?”
"No. We want to go to a good place. My father has Parkinson's.”

"Inside Moria camp is like Guantánamo, because it is very hard. The life is very hard here.”

Since the agreement between the European Union and Turkey took place, volunteers helping in the area indicate that fewer boats are arriving to the island. In the preceding months, there were days when around 100 would arrive.

The Greeks, whose country is entangled in a deep economic crisis, have become the only ones with open arms to welcome entire families arriving exhuasted from the Turkish coast.

"With my students, we collect some things like clothes or food for the refugees.”

"It's a very difficult situation, especially last summer. There were lot of people and there were not enough places to stay.”

For refugees, it is blood-curdling to think about the possibility, however slight, of returning to Turkey. Here they are secure, but live in poor conditions and are trapped, unable to advance or retreat. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Pope's visit meant a lot to them: Pope Francis has been the only world leader to come see them.

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