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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.

Rome reopens to the public a "Sistine Chapel" of the Middle Ages

2016-05-01

Santa Maria Antigua reopens its doors to the public after more than 30 years of restoration work. It was located in what would be the Manhattan of today, more than 1000 years ago in the Roman Forum.

The earthquake that buried it in 847 kept its interior intact until its discovery in 1900 by archaeologist, Giacomo Boni.

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Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua
"A church, that was a kind of fossil of its time, since it had not suffered any kind of transformation that churches often go through over time, has been found. After the discovery, it has been given this name: the Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages, because it retains a repertoire of paintings that is not found anywhere else.”

The basilica is from the sixth century. The paintings reflect early Christian faith, but are well established in the heart of Western culture. They commemorate the fathers of the church and the saints of the first six centuries- especially the Virgin Mary.

"It's all so big. One cannot imagine how it must have been. "

"The lighting effects used bring the paintings back to life.”

One of the things that tourists have like most is how the new technologies recreate the paintings that time has erased. It is a way to help imagine how one of Rome's most popular churches of the Late Middle Ages was


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