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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.

Stephen Hawking speaks on the origin of the universe at the Vatican


The Pontifical Academy of Sciences convened at the Vatican for a plenary session on Science and Sustainability, among those present was Stephen Hawking

"With James Hartle from the University of California, I worked out what physical conditions the early universe must have, if space time had no boundaries in the past. Our model became known as the No-Boundary Proposal. It says that when we go back toward the beginning of our universe, space and time become fuzzy and cap off, somewhat like the south pole and the surface of the Earth. Asking about came before the Big Bang is meaningless according to the No-Boundary proposal, because there is no notion of time available to refer to. It would be like asking what lies south of the South Pole.”

Hawking gave a 20-minute general explanation on his theory about the origin of the universe, the No-Boundary Proposal. He explained how he believes everything started and what remains from that start. 

Physicist, University of Sao Paolo (Brazil)
"He was very clear in saying that some few things are missing. We still need to prove a few things to somehow close his ideas about the origin of the universe.”  "I think it was a very nice lecture and he made a big effort to transmit to us, physicist and non-physicists, this idea of importance. Of building up the blocks of knowledge to understand how everything starts.”

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is the oldest scientific academy in the world, including even Galileo as a member. It thus has a reputation as a prestigious academy, combining different view points to come to conclusions on human issues and mankind. 

The Academy will meet with Pope Francis on Monday in a private audience in the Apostolic Palace.