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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.

College of Cardinals left with 110 electors as Cuban Jaime Ortega turns 80

2016-10-18

Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega is no longer able to vote in a conclave since he turns 80 years old today. The College of Cardinals is now left with 110 cardinal electors.

24 were named by John Paul II
55 by Benedict XVI and
31 by Pope Francis

The Cuban cardinal was archbishop of Havana, one of the few to have hosted the last three popes. John Paul II visited in 1998, Benedict XVI in 2012, and Pope Francis in 2015. 

As a priest he was sentenced to forced labor. 

As a cardinal, he's had to deal with the difficult relations between the Castro administration and the Church, and he has earned the respect of the important actors in Cuban society, even those who opposed him. It was not easy. He always tried to speak with both parts, something that irritated those who opposed the dictatorship. 

He was a priest who kept an eye on social issues in his country. One of his greatest achievements was negotiating the permission for Caritas to work in the island in 1991.


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