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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.

Pope at Sunday Angelus: The Church needs passionate missionaries, not bureaucrats

2016-08-16

At the Sunday Angelus, the pope asked for a brave Church that will not stay within predetermined walls and barriers, but would dare to go down unexplored and uncomfortable paths. He praised priests and religious who do this, even at the risk of their own life.

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"Their exemplary witness reminds us that the Church doesn’t need bureaucrats and diligent office workers, but impassioned missionaries consumed by the ardour of bringing the consoling words of Christ and His grace to all people."

Pope Francis encouraged Christians to entrust their heart to the fire of the Holy Spirit, a force that transforms from within and eliminates all human miseries. He insisted that, especially today, there's a need for disciples who are able to reach those most in need.

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"Now more than ever, there’s a need for priests, consecrated people and lay Christians to feel compassion and reach out like good neighbours to others, putting themselves in front of material and spiritual poverty, thus characterizing the way of evangelization and mission with the healing rythym of proximity."

Finally, he requested that a special closeness with those who suffer most, such as the homeless, the needy or refugees is demonstrated within the Church.


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