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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 Francis will celebrate Mass for Fr. Jacques Hamel as a sign of closeness

2016-09-13

Before the General Audience, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at 7 a.m. from within the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. He will honor the late Father Jacques Hamel, his family, and the entire community of Rouen, France. A small group of 80 pilgrims from the Diocese of Rouen, together with their bishop, Msgr. Dominique Lebrun, will attend the funeral Mass for the 85-year-old priest that was killed on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. 

The pope expressed his "closeness” to the relatives of the priest and to "the entire community of Rouen.”

Fr. Jacques Hamel's murder was the first attack against a Catholic priest on European soil, after the string of attacks that have occurred in recent years, especially in France.