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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.

November 2016: the Jubilee Year comes to a close


November is the month of praying for the dead. So the first thing Pope Francis did after returning from his trip to Sweden was to continue the tradition and visit a cemetery in Rome.
The final meetings and messages of the Jubilee were very eloquent. At the Jubilee of Prisoners, the pope asked for better living conditions in prisons. On his last "Friday of Mercy," he visited a group of men who had left the priesthood and he had emotional moments like this prayer before hundreds of homeless people.


"I apologize for all the times that Christians, when in front of a poor person or when marginal conditions are near, look the other way. I'm sorry."

Although the most awaited moment was this: the closure of the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica.

The Year of Mercy ended, but as a sign of continuation he published a surprising document that, among other measures, stated that all priests can acquit the sin of abortion.
The other most anticipated moment was the consistory for the creation of cardinals. Pope Francis placed rings and birettas on 17 new cardinals, including the Albanian priest who spent almost three decades in forced labor during the communist regime.
The youngest of all the cardinals is a 49-year-old who comes from the Central African Republic.
Archbishop of Bangui (Central African Republic)

"We do not even have a word for "cardinal" in our language. People in my country are wondering what it means to be a cardinal...'Kotobua'... It means someone who is close to the pope and who collaborates with him.”

At the political level, the President of Vietnam's visit showed the progression of relations between the Holy See and the Asian country.
Although in November there were also friendlier meetings, like this with the soccer world champions or this one with scientists, including Stephen Hawking. Pope Francis also devoted a few minutes to meeting film director Martin Scorsese, who came to Rome to present his latest film.

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