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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.

Their land is stolen and they are treated as slaves. Thus, Pope prays for the indigenous

2016-07-08

Pope Francis is very sensitive to the current situation in the indigenous community. One of his grand gestures toward them was this Mass in Chiapas (Mexico), during which he asked forgiveness for the abuse they have suffered throughout history, especially within the Church.

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"How sad this is! How worthwhile it would be for each of us to examine our conscience and learn to say, 'Forgive me!'"

Now he has devoted his monthly video to the indigenous for prayers on topical issues. Pope Francis is asking for their voice to be heard, and that their culture, traditions and values are respected.

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"I want to be the spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples. And I want you to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer..."

The UN says that five percent of the world population is part of an indigenous population, which represents about 370 million people, most of whom live in extremely poor conditions.

Survival International says that the main problems they face are racism, robbery and expulsion of their land. They are exploited by mining or logging companies, and blocked by radical environmentalists. Sometimes the people are then enslaved and forced to extract raw materials to pay a "supposed debt” to a foreigner.


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