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Names of archbishops to receive pallium from Pope Francis

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Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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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 Francis: Complaining to God is a way of praying


Pope Francis arrived to the General Audience a little earlier than expected, to get a chance to greet the pilgrims. 

One of them told his story to the pope, who was visibly gripped by what he was hearing. 

The pope also greeted the newlyweds in attendance, and he blessed the couples who are expecting their first child. 

"I call the newlyweds the brave, because they need courage to get married, a commitment for life.”
"Don’t go to sleep without having made peace.”

In his catechesis, the pope spoke about the example of Abraham. This patriarch believed in God’s promise that he would have a child, even though he was very old, and his wife was infertile. 

Time went by and the promise didn’t come true, so Abraham complained to God. 

The pope says this is a good example because being faithful doesn’t mean that one should accept everything in silence. He also said having hope is compatible with sometimes having doubts.

"Faith is also fighting with God, showing our bitterness without false devotion. I am angry with God, and I have told him this, and this, and this… Don’t worry, He is a Father, and he understands. Be brave, be brave. This is the hope.”

According to Pope Francis, the virtue of hope is beautiful because it gives you strength to carry on in moments of darkness. 

This General Audience was more colorful than usual. It even had a circus performance; Liana Morfei’s Golden Circus, which is currently touring in Rome. They surprised the pope with magic tricks and exotic parrots.

This General Audience is the pope’s only public event this week. Most of his collaborators are on holiday, and he is also trying to get some well-deserved rest. 

- BN