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Pope appoints new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

July 18, 2017. The pope has named Italian biblical scholar Giacomo Morandi, 51, as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Up until now he served as undersecretary, and will replace Luis Ladaria, who Pope Francis named prefect on July 1.
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Full text of pope's message to G20

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Pope Francis approves the following 8 decrees for the Causes of Saints

July 7, 2017. Cardinal Angelo Amato, D.B., Prefect of the Congregation of Causes of Saints, and the pope authorized the following eight decrees for the Causes of Saints:
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Pope Francis makes 50,000 Euro donation to Greek island of Lesbos following earthquake

July 4, 2017. Pope Francis has made a 50,000 Euro donation to the Greek island of Lesbos following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on June 12.
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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.

Vatican archives from the Argentinian dictatorship made public for victims and relatives

2016-10-25

With this statement, the Vatican announced that they are opening their archives, and those of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, for the period of the military dictatorship, between 1976 and 1983, but only for victims and their relatives.

The process of digitization is complete, so they will be able to access them remotely.

GREG BURKE
Director, Holy See Press Office
"No, this is not a total opening of the archives, obviously, the most important thing are the victims themselves, those directly involved. They're able to consult, either people who were victims themselves or the direct family members who were 'desaparecidos' or also those detained.”

The Argentine Episcopal Conference started this process, sponsored by Pope Francis, several years ago. 

After Pope Francis took office, many people in Argentina asked him to push for the opening of the archives, since they could contain valuable information regarding many disappearances that took place during the Videla dictatorship in Argentina. 

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