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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.

Pilgrims rush to Rome for final days of Jubilee to gain indulgence


Pilgrims rush to Rome for the last days of the Holy Year to take advance of passing through the Jubilee door in one of the most important basilicas, St. Peter's.

While traveling to see the Holy Door, these pilgrims also tried to see the pope. The visitors bring traditions from their respective countries like Asia, America, and Africa, and others prefer to bring a slightly different type of custom, that of Disneyland ...

"We were two meters away from him. We could film him, photograph him, and we almost wanted to say 'hello' to him, but it was not possible."

"I was able to see him, I was quite close, I was on the fifth row from the front and I've got some very nice pictures to take back as a remembrance. So, it was awesome.” 

Those who have traveled to the Vatican for a Wednesday during the Jubilee Year have been able to see the pope and hear a catechesis on Mercy. His latest was on the importance of caring for the sick.

"A visit can make the sick person feel less alone, and a little company is the perfect medicine. A smile, a caress, a handshake are all simple gestures, but are very important for those who feel abandoned to their fate.”

"It's a very nice environment to feel so close, and see that the pope wants to be close to the people."

Up until the end of October, 20 million people have passed through the Holy Door of the Vatican. They pray, go to confession, go to Mass and some continue inside in silence until they are about to leave the basilica, deep in thought about how to cherish this moment; a moment for change, a moment for conversion, a moment in which to look with optimism toward the future.