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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.

Mussie Zerai, the priest who saves the life of refugees thanks to a mobile phone


His intervention was essential to saving the lives of thousands of refugees. He is their guardian angel.

The barges that are left adrift in the Mediterranean can expect two things: to either trust that a boat will come to their rescue or call this Eritrean priest by chance.

"In Libya, they left my phone number written on the wall of a refugee detention center. They wrote: call this number for any emergency. Once they were released, the first ones to call me did so at three in the morning. They were at sea adrift and the engine had broken down.”

Mussie Zerai contacted the Italian Coast Guard and thanks to him, they came to their aid.

This episode happened in 2003. Since then, he has continued to report abuse, rape, and torture suffered by thousands of other refugees that have risked their lives. Human trafficking and the selling of organs is something that also favors migration. The situation allows for traffickers to pray on refugees. 

"Europe is spending a lot of money senselessly. Traffickers earn one billion dollars a year and Europe spends all that money to defend refugee arrivals without any success. Moreover, the more you try to close the borders, the more of an incentive it becomes for traffickers. They organized more dangerous and expensive alternative routes. They are very grateful to Europe for the closed-door policy.”

Mussie Zerai proposes that governments allocate more funds to promote humanitarian corridors and less money on unsuccessfully defending refugees.

His dedication to more than 10 years of helping refugees have earned him the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.