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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.

Pope Francis: Unity does not lead to a “reverse ecumenism”


The pope firmly stressed that the unity of Christians is an essential requirement of faith and is one of his main concerns. He said this to the participants of the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Pope Francis said Christian unity does not encourage a "reverse ecumenism," meaning it is unnecessary to deny one's own "history of faith." That is why he stressed the importance of each of the ecumenical meetings he has held this year.

"Throughout this year I have had the opportunity to experience many meaningful ecumenical meetings, both here in Rome and on the road. Each of these meetings has been a source of consolation for me, because I could see that the desire for communion is alive and intense."

One of the most significant encounters was the historic meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow in February. The representatives of these two Churches had never before met.

In Georgia, the pope also met with the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, who is reserved about dialogue with the Vatican. The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury also paid him a cordial visit at the Holy See. 

Most recently, the pope visited Sweden to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 50-year re-establishment of dialogue with Catholics.