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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.

Pope will preside over most important Christmas ceremonies in the Vatican


The first will be Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, which will be attended by the diplomatic corps and thousands of pilgrims. The Mass will start with the 'kalenda' chant, unique to this ceremony. 

On Christmas Day, at midday, the pope will give his Christmas address from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, which will conclude with the 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing, to the city of Rome and to the world. 

On December 31, at 5 p.m., the pope will pray the 'Te Deum,' the prayer that Catholics use to thank God on solemn occasions. The pope will use this occasion to outline some of next year's most important events. 

When he finishes, he will visit the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square. This year, the figures come from Malta.

On January1, the pope will celebrate his first Mass of the Year in St. Peter's Square. It will take place at 10 a.m., and he will pray for peace in the world. 

The last ceremony will be on Friday, January 6, day of the Epiphany. That morning, the pope will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

- BN