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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

July 7, 2017. Pope Francis sent a message to the G20, addressed to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for authorities of major world economies from America and the European Union. In it, the pope proposed four steps of action to build "fraternal, just and peaceful societies,” as referred to in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
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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

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.

New children's book summarizes the pope's catecheses on the family


"La carezza di Dio,” or The Caress of God in English, is the latest children's book on the pope's catecheses on the family, aimed at children ages six to 10 years old. 

The book summarizes the 27 catecheses Pope Francis delivered in between the two Synods on the family, in October 2014 and 2015. 

"The pope has a big, beautiful message about the family, which can be welcomed and understood well by children”.

"The book talks about real people's lives and how in life, the mystery of God is revealed. It is revealed as salvation and the good news.”

Each mini chapter contains two main points and two direct quotes from the pope, accompanied by 21st century-style animations. There are also personal stories of Pope Francis' childhood interwoven throughout the book. The author hopes it will not only captivate children, but encourage the whole family.

"A family today acknowledges, through their experience, they need to be united. Everybody wants a family that is solid, they want it forever. After all, this cannot be just a dream... it should be supported, it should be fed in order to continue to grow. They must work hard to remain and to construct the family. So then the work the pope did on the family, the decision to dedicate two Synods to them, and the decision to dedicate an entire catecheses is precisely in support of this journey.”

The book is an added tool to help the family come and stay together. It will soon be published in five languages, including English, Spanish, Portugese, French and the original Italian.