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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
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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.

The importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Pope Francis

2016-12-10

December 12 marks one of the biggest feast days to the Virgin Mary in the Latin American Catholic Church: Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
As such, Argentine Pope Francis not only has a special devotion to Our Lady, but especially to this portrayal of Mary, who appeared before Juan Diego on a hill near Mexico City in 1531.
 
POPE FRANCIS
Dec. 11, 2013

"When the image of the Virgin appeared on Juan Diego's tilma, it was the prophecy of an embrace: Mary’s embrace of all the peoples of the vast expanses of America – the peoples who already lived there, and those who were yet to come.”

It is no surprise then that on this feast day, for the third consecutive year, Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Monday.
 
When he visited Mexico earlier in 2016, the pope wanted his first Mass to be held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He brought the patron saint of the Americas a gift, a gold-plated crown that read in Latin "Mater mea-Spes mea," meaning "My mother and my hope."
 
There, the pope insisted that Mary feels as though she is "honored” to be the mother of everyone, especially those who suffer or feel as though "they weep in vain.”
 
POPE FRANCIS
Feb. 14, 2016

"Just as she made herself present to little Juan, so too she continues to reveal herself to all of us, especially to those who feel, like him, 'worthless.”

The pope told the people to be comforted with the idea that Mary is a mother, and as such, she loves her children and asks them to be her ambassadors, especially through prayer.
 
Pope Francis set an example in Mexico by praying before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe for about 25 minutes. On the plane coming back to Rome, he revealed to journalists what he prayed for.
 
POPE FRANCIS
Feb. 18, 2016

"I have asked for the world, for peace ... Many things. She is probably tired of all of my prayers. I have asked for forgiveness. I have asked the Church to grow healthy and for the Mexican people. Another thing I have asked is that priests are true priests, nuns true nuns, bishops true bishops, as the Lord wishes. I have asked a lot. But things that a son tells his mother are secret, right?”

As such, the pope will most likely bring his petitions to Mary again at the December 12 Mass to ask for the Virgin's intercession, that of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 

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