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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

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.

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.

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.

Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women


Pope Francis held a meeting on May 12, 2016, inside of Paul VI hall with the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General; there he accepted to "set up an official commission that would study the issue” of the Diaconate women, "especially with regard to the early days of the Church.”

According to the Vatican, "after intense prayer and reflection”, the Pope has decided to establish a Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women, appointing as president archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, who is the Secretary of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

He has also named the following as members of the commission:

Sister Nuria Calduch-Benages, Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Prof. Francesca Cocchini, Professor at the University "La Sapienza" and at the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum"in Rome.

Msgr. Piero Coda, Dean of the University Institute 'Sophia', Loppiano, and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Fr. Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Dean Patristic Institute "Augustinianum", Rome, and Professor of Pathology.

Fr. Santiago Madrigal Terrazas, S.I., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University "Comillas" in Madrid.

Sister Mary Melone, S.F.A., rector of the Pontifical University "Antonianum" in

Fr. Karl-Heinz Menke, Emeritus Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Bonn and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Fr. Aimable Musoni, S.D.B., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University
Salesian University in Rome.

Fr. Bernard Pottier, S.I., Professor at the '' Institut d'Etudes théologiques', Brussels, and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Prof. Marianne Schlosser, Professor of Spiritual Theology at the University of Vienna and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Prof. Michelina Tenace, Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical University Gregorian University in Rome.

Prof. Phyllis Zagano, Professor at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.