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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's schedule: With the Curia on holiday, time to give it a little rest


The last week of the year is normally one of the most relaxed in the Vatican. Most of the pope's collaborators have left Rome, and Pope Francis doesn't meet with political leaders nor does he celebrate Mass at Casa Santa Marta. 

He will have a little more time for personal phone calls, writing letters, and his two favorite hobbies: reading and music.

On Wednesday, however, he will hold a General Audience with pilgrims in Paul VI Audience Hall. In it he will share his thoughts and reflections about the feast of the Holy Family. 

On Saturday afternoon, the pope will lead the Te Deum, a thanksgiving prayer for the year that is about to end.

After that, the pope will go to the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square to see it personally and hear some Christmas carols. 

On Sunday, he will celebrate the first Mass of the year, in which he will pray for peace in the world. After the Mass, he will lead the Angelus prayer from the window in his office in the Apostolic Palace.

- BN