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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.

Pope meets with chiefs of police, nuns and bishops who work against human trafficking


The pope met with this rather heterogeneous group containing cardinals, marshals, nuns, and members of social organizations from 30 countries. This is the "Santa Marta Group." They are key players in the fight against all forms of trafficking: from the trade of human organs and body parts to prostitution.

"Thank you for this privilege of meeting you today.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is the president of this very active and effective group. They started their work two years ago at the request of the pope. They have two objectives: to pursue offenders and assist victims.

"The victims are men and women, often minors, exploited on account of their poverty and marginalization."

The pope denounced the continued growth in the number of trafficking victims, those who are robbed of their dignity as well as physical and mental integrity. It is estimated this number includes at least 21 million people.

It is one issue which the pope is very concerned about, and he managed to put it on the list of sustainable development goals the UN has set for 2030.

- BN