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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.

How would you imagine a post-war Syria?


The Syrian Civil War has been called one of the worst humanitarian crises after World War II, killing at least 250,000 and constantly rising numbers of more than 7.6 million displaced. 

While it may be difficult for some to imagine a peaceful Aleppo, these architecture university students have taken it one step further by creating a future housing concept for Syria as part of the matterbetter, Syria: post-war housing competition. 

Architecture student
"It was very interesting because the biggest part of the work was the research before the project. We were obliged to do a lot of research and a main part of our project was understanding the stories that would have been behind this new housing design that we were about to make, to understand who will come back to Syria after the war. We had the chance of studying different case studies about stories.”

Additionally, this group of four mastered the competition by studying the Syrian people. They dove into their traditions and personally met with refugees to ask them more about their culture.

Architecture student
"We contacted one of the refugees who happened to be there when we were completing this contest. This person then gave a lecture at  one of the city venues and we approached him there, because we were really interested in his story. It's one of the coincidences of life, because in the end this guy is a young man who is our age, 24 years old. One thing that was very funny was that he is an architecture student, like us, and he told us his story.”

After learning from this man, and studying various other cases, the team decided to build a flexible system that could be used in Aleppo or the outskirts, near Damascus. The four also learned about the importance of the private patio to Syrian families. Thus, they created a ¾ tiered system. The patio is on the bottom level, and the top part of the house covers it, providing the privacy that is so crucial. 

The competition was completely up to interpretation for all 250 participants, but only this group of four won with their "Endless Future” project.  

Architecture student
"I think that our work is very important when studying how this must continue to last until 2050, or more or less the expiration date of the world. We have created a formula for sustainable urban development to support social taxes, the return of identity around the cities and especially to seek opportunities to focus on sustainable urbanism. An urbanism that is adapted to people, and is participatory and coherent.”

This was the mission of this contest, to devise a plan and a way for Syrians who want to return to the land that once was their calm, peaceful home. This team completed that in a way the judges called "an interesting marriage of ancestral techniques and conventional industrial materials.”