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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

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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.

Italian earthquakes shake historical heritage of many basilicas


Destroyed: this is the existing condition of many basilicas and churches in Italy after the earthquakes the country has suffered since August 24.

The first major affected church was St. Francis of Assisi, in Amatrice. After the initial earthquake, it was left in this state.

With each earthquake, the fear of losing works with incalculable historical value rises.

In fact, these three churches only have existing ruins as a memory: St. Benedict, where only the facade has survived, St. Francis, which is nearly completely destroyed and the cathedral of St. Mary of Argentea which is demolished. All of these are in Norcia, the epicenter of the last earthquake on October 30.

Day and night firefighters work to conserve the little that remains of some churches after the earthquakes.

Tremors were also felt near the Vatican, which is evident on some of the columns on Via della Conciliazione, the main road in front of St. Peter's. As a result, they have been fenced off because after the earthquake they slightly moved.

The resulting fear has not yet disappeared and much work remains to be done to restore the affected churches. However, new replicas could destroy the little history that remains, erasing their legacy of great value.